Free Health & Wellness Related Apps
Self-help like you've never seen before--try some apps with that!
- Breathe 2 Relax - This basic app teaches diaphragmatic breathing, or belly breathing.
- Stop, Breathe & Think - Recomomended to us by a student, this app offers various meditations on mindfulness, or paying attention to what's happening now by focusing on what's going on inside.
- Smiling Mind - This meditation app is specifically designed for young people. It includes programs for individuals, education, and sports.
- Calm - In addition to the app, there is a calm.com web site offering guided meditations of 2, 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes as well as simple timed sessions of the same lengths.
For Mood Tracking, Anxiety, and Depression:
- Mood Panda - This easy-to-use mood tracker rates simply simply has you rate your daily mood on a 0-10 scale; colorful graphs allow you to track mood changes and to learn more about what makes you happy.
- Optimism - This tracking system (available as an app for all platforms or online) isdesigned to detect patterns that affect health and mental health; completely customizable.
- Happier - Expressing gratitude has been proving to decrease depression; Happier provides a simple tool for keeping a gratitude journal.
- T2 Mood Tracker - Assists with tracking emotional health on various dimensions, including anxiety, stress, depression, and general well-being.
- Mindshift - Specifically designed to provide young adults with tools for managing various types of anxiety, including test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict.
- SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management - SAM offers options for tracking anxiety, identifying anxiety triggers, teaching breathing and relaxation strategies, and developing an anxiety management toolkit.
For Suicide Prevention:
- ASK & Prevent Suicide - Offers tips on what to do if someone you know is thinking about suicide, including how to recognize warning signs and contact suicide prevention crisis hotlines
- A Friend Asks - Similar to the one above, this app offers tips for getting help for a friend (or yourself). Helpful information includes what to do RIGHT NOW as well as what NOT to do.
- LifeBuoy - This unique app is designed specifically to assist suicide survivors after a recent attempt. It offers a daily mood diary, suggestions for decreasing social isolation, and other ways to monitor increased warning signs of suicidality.
- ReliefLink - This award-winning suicide prevention app assists users with tracking daily mood/thoughts, creating a safety plan, locating the nearest hospitals, and obtaining quick-access to coping methods.
Other Mental Health and Wellness:
- TracknShare LITE - TracknShare is an all-purpose wellness app which allows you to monitor virtually anything, from pre-set categories (health, mood, sleep, food, gratitude), to other items of your choosing (e.g., grades, stress, exercise, weather)
- 30/30 - This goal of this app is to improve time management by breaking down all tasks into 30-minute chunks. 30/30 enhances focus and improves performance through decreasing multitasking; works across a variety of platforms.
- Circle of 6 - Designed for college students, Circle of 6 is intended to prevent violence by allowing students to easily connect with friends in their "circle." Two discreet taps on your phone can mean "call me" or "come get me immediately." The app also provides information about healthy relationships.
- Recovery Record - This app is designed for those in recovery from an eating disorder. It offers assistance for every state of recovery, including progress trackers, meal logs/meal plans, coping skills, and affirmations. If you are in treatment, there is also a web site with collaborating information to share with your mental health provider.
- CBT-i Coach - This app is ideally for those working with a therapist on insomnia issues, but it can be used by anyone who is looking to improve sleep habits. It includes a sleep diary, reminders, and specific "tools" for improving sleep.
- Therapy Buddy - Designed for those who are already in counseling, this app can enhance your treatment by allowing you to make a list of things to bring up in session, to write a "helpful takeaway" of each session, to keep track of any homework, etc.
General Health Related:
- MOVES - MOVES is an activity tracker which includes a pedometer to track steps but which also allows you to plot routes for walking, cyclying, and running.
- Alarm Clock Sleep Sounds - More than just an alarm clock, this app offers guided meditations to assist with sleep, custom alarm wake-up sounds, nighttime themes, and various brainwave beat options.
Please note that all of the above apps are provided educational for educational purposes, as they provide information on a variety of topics related to psychology and personal growth. Although the professional staff at Counseling Services believes that such information can be useful and helpful, please keep in mind the following:
- We are not specifically endorsing any of the above apps;
- Self-help materials such as apps may not be effective in addressing more complex issues; and
- In the case a mental health emergency, we recommend that you seek assistance immediately.
Finally, please note that the above links connect to sites that are not under the control of Health & Counseling. However, all links were verified to be working as of January 2014; if you encounter a broken link, please contact our webmaster. Alternatively, if you would like to suggest a new app to include here, feel free to contact Laura Swanson, LMSW.