Mental Health Mobile Apps Help to Ease Crisis Fears

Mental Health Mobile Apps Help to Ease Crisis Fears

Since the Coronavirus crisis began, millions of people have been without the emotional support provided by mental health care professionals. In a time of increased anxiety, people who suffer from depression, or who are at risk of developing trauma symptoms due to the steady stream of bad news, are turning to mobile app developers to help them cope.

While telemedicine apps and online therapy sessions are helping people to work through the challenges presented by Coronavirus quarantines and financial concerns, there can be long wait times for appointments. Meanwhile, people suffering from sleeplessness and panic attacks may need far more support than what is available from overburdened mental health professionals.

Enter mental health mobile apps. Today’s mental health apps provide everything from AI chatbots, and visual exercises to relieve anxiety symptoms, to light sleep hypnosis recordings that feature soothing and empowering messages.

To meet the needs of their users, mobile app developers have added features that directly target the issues generated by the Coronavirus crisis. Many now have modules that focus on health anxiety, quarantine depression, and ways to cope with fear and uncertainty.

This can be particularly valuable for people who need to process difficult emotions privately while quarantined in close quarters with others. The privacy provided by mental health apps provides an invaluable outlet and a productive way to work through stress before it manifests in strained relationships and unhealthy coping mechanisms.

 

Wysa

The mobile app developers behind Wysa were careful to include proven cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in their offering. While app developers caution that the app is not intended to be a substitute for therapist sessions, its chatbot does a good job of helping users to describe and clarify their concerns so that they can work through them. The app checks on its users regularly (if desired) and provides over 100 self-care tools. Sleep hypnosis stories and sounds are also helpful. The app’s developers have made all of its premium features free for the duration of the crisis, though it is already one of the least expensive apps in its category.

Wysa also has the distinction of being named the Best App for Health and Care in 2020 by ORCHA—the world’s leading health app evaluation and advisor organization. The app currently has over 1.7 million downloads and has facilitated over 1 million conversations.

 

Moodpath

 

Moodpath allows its users to track their moods. This is a very helpful feature for people suffering from depression or anxiety who combat bad days though awareness. Offering a digital journal, audio files and positivity-focused content, Moodpath’s mobile app developers have created a great way to lift spirits and maintain mental health during a difficult time.

 

Youper

Youper is an AI-powered “emotional health assistant”. The mobile app developers created a chatbot that helps users maintain and improve their mental health through sharing messages and emotions.

 

 

BoosterBuddy

BoosterBuddy is geared toward teenagers and young adults and was created by the health services provider group Island Health (CA). The mobile app developers built the app with input from both mental health professionals and young adults suffering from depression. It provides daily check-ins and exercises designed to get people through their day in a healthy way, plus a small amount of gamification to encourage regular use.

 

 

Woebot

Woebot was a Google Award winner in 2019 and continues to earn a 4.7 average rating on review sites. Woebot’s mobile app developers created a chatbot that responds to messages with encouraging feedback designed to provoke thought and healing. Woebot relies on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to interact with its users and is currently free.

 

Bloom

The Bloom app was created as a holistic mental health and fitness app, offering not only mental health exercises but also guided meditation sessions and video therapy. On their website, the mobile app developers invite users to ‘experience better sleep, reduced stress levels and a more relaxed lifestyle with our guided meditations, relaxing music, activities and mindful experiences.’

 

Sanvello

Sanvello offers self-care, peer support, coaching, and therapy sessions, and is even covered by some insurance companies. The mobile app designers combined access to mental health professionals with a daily mood tracker and a community support forum to make this app truly comprehensive for its users.

 

Ten Percent Happier

The Ten Percent Happier app offers guided meditations for reducing anxiety, coping with stress and following healthy habits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile app developers are providing live meditation guidance at 3 pm EST every weekday to help its users through this difficult time.

 

More is Needed

For those thinking of developing a mental health or fitness app, 2020 is proving that the demand for such products will be high for years to come. As downloads continue to spike and widespread adoption continues to accelerate in ways that could not have been predicted even 6 months ago, mental health and fitness apps have taken a prime market position. The apps are quickly becoming part of everyday life and will remain in the toolkit of many users after the crisis has ended.

Do you have a mobile app that you would like to develop? Do you have a vision of how to help people through the crisis and live healthier lives afterward? Our EndPoint Modeling workshops are an excellent place to start. We are one of the only software development companies to offer contractual guarantees ensuring that your project will be delivered on-budget and 100% to spec.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today, or make an appointment for a free consultation. We’d love to hear about your next project.

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