As technology continues to grow and develop, we are offered more and more opportunities to use digital tools to help us manage our health. Mobile health apps, or “mHealth” apps for short, are software apps developed for computers or mobile phones intended to help us understand and manage our health, or treat diseases and disorders. These apps can be used on their own, in addition with other treatments, or even in connection with a healthcare provider. Recent estimates suggest that there are over 365,000 mHealth apps available for download – and about one third of those focus on mental health.
People may use mental health apps to help their overall well-being, for example by managing stress levels with a meditation app, or tracking their mood with a daily tracker app. People may also use mental health apps to help them manage mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Mental health apps have a number of advantages:
- They are generally low cost, and there are many free options available, making them a cost effective way of managing mental health
- They can be used “on the go” and users can enter data in real time
- They can help overcome entry and access barriers associated with traditional treatments
- Some apps offer novel and fun ways to manage mental health, for example apps with games
However, with such a huge number of apps to choose from – how do we separate the good from the bad? We’re here to help. We provide unbiased reviews of mental health apps to help you choose the app that’s right for you.
We use three different ratings scales to review Mental Health Apps. Click here to learn more about our Credibility, User Experience, and Transparency scales.
Visit the Resources Page to learn more about the treatment methods used in Mental Health Apps.