Self-Help

Often people who have concerns will seek out counseling or talk with a parent, priest, clergyperson, or friend. Just as often, people will seek out information to help themselves. Research has shown that many people are highly satisfied by self-help information and have found that they have been able to improve their lives. Certainly, the self-help section in bookstores attest to that fact!

Mental Health Apps

Apps can be used to promote relaxation, build healthy habits, and better understand your mental health. While these are not substitutes for therapy, the apps below are ones you may find helpful.

Given that these are not maintained by Counseling & Psychological Services or the University of St. Thomas, this list is subject to change. Please follow the links to learn more about a particular app from its creator.

 

   
  App Store  Google Play

Relaxation & Stress Management
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android
Costs $0.99
Provides sounds and music for relaxation and meditation, with an option of guided meditation by a calming female voice.

   
  App Store  Google Play

Relax Melodies
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android
Free
Sleep or relaxation aid with 46 sounds to choose from and/or combine.

 

   
  App Store   Google Play

Simply Yoga Free
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android
Free
Guides the user through yoga exercises demonstrated by personal trainers.

 

   
  App Store  Google Play

Yoga-pedia
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android
Free
Can instruct user in over 100 yoga poses (short audio lesson and images)

 
App Store

Stress Check
For iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
Free
Allows the user to track their stress levels over time and provides recommendations (e.g., specific ways of building coping skills).

 
App Store

Be Grounded lite
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Free
Takes user through a mindfulness/deep breathing exercise.

 
App Store

iZen Garden 2
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Free
Allows user to simulate a Zen garden with different elements and sounds.

   
  App Store   Google Play

T2 Mood Tracker
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android
Free
Allows the user to monitor and track their mood over time.

 

 
App Store

Optimism
For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
Free
Helps user keep a detailed record of their mood and areas that may affect their state of mind (e.g., exercise, medication, sleep).

 
Google Play

EmoCube Social Diary
For Android
Free
Allows users to track their mood using emoticons.

 

 
App Store

Gratitude & Happiness
For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
Free
Allows users to record their mood and other life activities on a daily basis and track their progress.

 
Google Play

Worry Box
For Android
Free
Help users to learn how to control worry and get relief from anxiety

 
App Store

eCBT Calm
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Costs $0.99
Helps assess the user’s level of stress and guides user through relaxation and coping skills

 

 
App Store

eCBT Mood
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Costs $0.99
Helps users to learn CBT principles and techniques and apply them daily by identifying & challenging thoughts, as well as monitoring their mood.

 
Google Play

Cognitive Diary
For Android
Free
Helps user to learn CBT techniques that may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety or depression.

 
App Store

Bloom* (search “mindbloom”)
For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
Free
Designed to provide reminders and encourage setting and accomplishing goals.

 
App Store

Life Planner
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Costs $1.99
Allows user to create daily schedules illustrated by pie charts

 

 
App Store

Lift
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Free
Helps users build healthy habits (e.g., self-care activities, exercise) by tracking how often the user engages in those activities

 
App Store

iPromises Recovery Companion
For iPhone or iPad
Free
12-step alcohol recovery application

 

 
Google Play

Quit Smoking
For Android
Free
Designed to help user reduce cigarette use.

 

   
   App Store  Google Play

PTSD Coach
For iPhone, iPad, or Android
Free
Provides users with psychoeducation around PTSD, symptom reduction strategies, and recommendations for receiving support.

 
App Store

Sleep Cycle
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Costs $0.99
Allows user to track their sleep depth and quality. Includes an alarm clock designed to wake the user during a period of light sleep.

 

 
Google Play

SportsPsych Performance Coach
For Android
Free
Helps users learn about sports psychology and how to improve their performance.

 


Mood247.com

Mood 24/7
Available on most cell phones; must be able to receive text messages
Free
Helps user to track their mood daily and chart progress.

 

Online Mental Health Screening

Concerned you might be struggling with depression, alcohol abuse, anxiety, or an eating disorder? Take an online screening and gain more information.

Or call (651) 962-6780 to set up an appointment to talk with a counselor.