With mental health becoming less of a taboo and more of a social issue that is being faced, there have been more and more ways for us to gain access to the help that we may need. Mental health outreach programs have become a thing where communities can educate others and spread awareness on this big issue. Hotlines specifically tailored to help people who are going through an episode of depression or anxiety. Whatever it is, there are now more ways to get help than what we used to have.
Right now, with people living in the digital age, more and more things have made it into the internet. We could go shopping, we could buy our groceries, we could book flights, we could make research faster and easier, we could go banking, and so much more. With the many advancements in technology, there is no doubt that we have come to a point where life is made easier with one click of a button.
Fortunately for us, we now have apps that could help us get the help we need in the most accessible and convenient way. When we go to the app store, we can now find dozens and dozens of mental health apps that have been created for us to gain access to therapy and counseling without having to leave the comfort of our home. Some apps are even cheaper than having to go out and visit a therapist.
If you are looking for one of these apps, then I am here to help you. These apps can help you with your struggle with mental illness, and I am here to remind you that having depression or anxiety or mental illness in general, does not make you less of a person. This shows how strong you are that you are willing to seek help during this time of need.
So, we start with this first app. Code Blue – an app designed for teenagers to have access to support when they are going through depression or bullying. In the app, you can add different contact that can become a part of your support group, and with just a few taps, the app will alert the support group that you need help. The best part is that this app is free and can be downloaded through IOS and Android.
Another app you could use is called notOK, a free application created by an “emotionally challenged” teenager and her brother. What this app does is “ping” your family, friends, loved ones, and your support group so that they will know you need help. The app sends out your current GPS location to five trusted contacts who will receive a message to this tune – that you are not in a good head space right now and that you need their support, care, and understanding.
Moving on, we also have an application called What’s Up. Like the first two apps, this one is also free and downloadable without fees. What’s Up utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a common individual therapy approach, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). These approaches will help those with mental health issues. The app has a tracker for both your good and bad habits, which you can use to help in maintaining your good habits and eventually breaking your bad habits.
Of course, we could never forget about Quit That! It is an app that helps you keep track of your addiction. You can track as many vices as you wish, and you can find out the exact time up to the last minute since you have even touched any of your vices. This is a good reminder of how far you have come, especially when you are hit by those days when you feel demotivated and insecure.
There are many more apps out there that have all been created to ensure that you can gain access to the help that you need when you need it. Sometimes it can be terrifying to reach out and ask people for help, but we have to remember that the people around us, the people we love, are not going to let us become yet another statistic of mental health issues. With all the developments we have faced, seeking help is not as difficult as we may think. For some, it can be just one push of a button.
After all this, the most important thing to remember is that there will always be someone out there who is willing to listen to you and is willing to help you through whatever you are going through in life. No man is an island, and no one should ever feel like there is no other way through but die.