Mental health is a topic that many of us know all too well, and if the past 2 years have shown us anything it is that we all need to take care of our mental wellbeing just as much as our physical health.
This Time To Talk Day (Feb 3rd) we want to highlight the huge number of resources that are out there to help you if you’re struggling with your mental health.
Mobile phones have become an essential part of many people’s lives, so why not use some one of the free apps available to support your mental health and wellbeing on the phone that is always in your pocket?
Apps designed to help with mental health and wellbeing have become incredibly popular, so we have narrowed down the best apps that can help support mental wellness. And even better – these apps are all free to download so anyone can begin the journey to looking after their brain.
Mindshift uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you develop new patterns of thinking about anxiety, relaxation techniques, and can guide you through the process of regaining control over your anxiety.
This app features a psychologist-developed mood training programme, which is designed to help form new happy and healthy behaviours for those who suffer with depression. It also features several guided meditations and positive activities that you can engage with to help you make positive lifestyle changes.
3. Catch It
Rooted in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Catch It will help teach you how to change your thinking patterns when facing negative thoughts and transform them into positive ones.
This app is directed towards teenagers, but anyone can use it. It features a button that can be activated that will contact your support network when help is needed and will send them your current GPS location, so they are able to find you in a time of crisis.
Don’t forget if you ever feel a risk to yourself, dial 999.
5. Take a Break!
A simple app which helps you to quickly recharge and relax using 2 different meditation sessions. Whether you need a speedy break or a longer whole-body relax, this app is perfect for resetting your busy mind.
6. Recovery Record
This is a great tool for those who are recovering from an eating disorder and wish to build on body positivity. It allows you to maintain control over the food you are eating in a healthy way and helps you to work with your body rather than against it.
Please note: Whilst these apps are free to download, there may be some in-app purchases, so be wary when using them
Incorporating an app like the ones suggested above can help to make a real difference to your mental wellbeing, but don’t forget to TALK. Talking is the first step – you can do it!
Whether it is to your friends, family or a GP, talking is one of the most important things you can do; people are there to listen and you are not alone. There is help there.
For more information on mental health services within RCT, head over to Adult Mental Health Support for further details.
For information on mental health services within Cardiff, head over to Mental well-being for further details.