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Here you will find a handy list of Phone Applications for support, distractions, and information on the go. All apps have been tried and tested by Youthspace.ca Staff. If you have any suggestions for resources or anything else, please email support@youthspace.ca. <3

All resources are in alphabetical order for easier access. *  indicates Apps that Youthspace thinks are especially outstanding and great!

 

1) Mental Health
1) General2) Addiction/Substance Abuse3) Anxiety4) Bipolar Disorder5) Depression and Low Mood6) Dermatillomania7) Eating Disorders8) Loneliness/Isolation9) OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)10) Trichotillomania
  • Bridge the gAPP
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: In depth explanations about various mental health issues, answers to questions, and more. Advice on dealing with stress based on level, a communal “art room” and “worry jar” to share worries with others and feel validated in return. Based in Newfoundland/Labrador so some resources only work for that area.
  • IM Quit
    • Android
    • What it is: Track addictions, and the time gone without them. Includes good motivation through customizable reminders for reasons for quitting and encouraging quotes.
  • Calm in the Storm *
    • Apple
    • What it is: All about managing stress and anxiety, and how they affect mental health and well-being. Has 4 in depth components: Check-In, Relief, Learn, and Safety Plan.

 

  • Fear Tools
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Includes an anxiety test, thought diary, breathing guide, and information and videos on anxiety.

 

  • Lull
    • Apple
    • What it is: Tool to help control breathing. User puts phone on stomach, listens to audio waves and breathes along with the waves.

 

  • Mindshift
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: CBT for anxiety/sleep/intense emotions. Offers a wide perspective on issues such as conflict, sleep anxiety, etc.

 

  • Stress and Anxiety Companion
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Helps focus on mindfulness and meditation. Has distracting games and can create “cards” to capture emotions in moments.

 

  • Worry Time
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Write down your worries in this app to “set them aside” for a later “worry time” that you can set. Then go through all your worries at the same time, and see if they’re still worries. Cleverly designed.
  • Quality of Life Tool
    • Website
    • What it is: Bipolar assessment tool/graph and lots of resource units.
  • Start *
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Tracks how well depression medication is working. Best for those unsure about starting medication (includes a survey to help decide) or for those just beginning treatment.
  • Skin Pick
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Easy to use, well-designed tracking app. Has option to send reports to GP.
  • Rise Up
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Mood diary and food log. Allows you to export tracker to pdf (to share with doctors or others).
  • Stigma
    • Apple
    • What it is: Track your mood, journal about it, and share it with the app’s “community”. Read and “like” others’ anonymous posts. Ability to find a penpal to correspond with.
  • nOCD *
    • Apple
    • What it is: Activities and personalized surveys “unlock” the app to help manage OCD symptoms.
  • Skin Pick
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Easy to use, well-designed tracking app. Has option to send reports to GP.
2) Other
1) Peer to Peer Support
  • Project Toe
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Similar to a message forum; sign up for boards that you can then explore, post in and comment on posts made by other users.

 

  • Talk Life
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Messenger-board style peer to peer post and response service.
3) Physical Health
Sleep Issues

*see also Mindfulness and Meditation for helpful apps for sleep issues such as insomnia*

  • Relax Melodies
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Create your own white noise for sleep, browse others’ creations, a few free guided meditation for sleep, well designed and easy to use.
4) Self Care
General1) Distractions2) Medicine Manager3) Mindfulness and Meditation4) Mood Tracker5) Self Help
  • Intellicare Apps
    • Android
    • What it is: Range of apps for self-care. Ranges from mood trackers, to mindfulness, to goal setting. Good for setting reminders. Asks a lot of questions.
  • Booster Buddy
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Little fox creature becomes your “buddy” and gives you self-care missions to help wake it up when it gets sleepy. Includes a mood tracker, and reminders for appointments and medications.

 

  • Mood Mission *
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: After answering questions and surveys about your mental health, the app personalizes “missions” for you to “reach the top” of the metaphorical mental health mountain. Also asks you “what’s the problem” you’re experiencing and gives you missions based on that feeling.

 

  • Stress and Anxiety Companion
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Helps focus on mindfulness and meditation. Has distracting games and can create “cards” to capture emotions in moments.

 

  • Super Better
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Creates to-do distraction lists for the user tailored to help with specific mental health issues. Requires sign up.
  • Mango Health *
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Helps you set healthy habits, and creates medicine reminders. Well designed.
  • Breathr
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Split into two parts, this app allows you to learn and practice meditation and mindful breathing. Includes breathing techniques and guided meditations. In depth advice on stopping worrying and increasing mindfulness.

 

  • Calm
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: App designed to create a “calmer” setting. Customizable breathing helper, 4 “sleep stories” to help you relax, a few free guided meditations, and keeps track of your progress.

 

  • Headspace
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: 10 free guided mediations teach you how to meditate. Easy to navigate and well designed.

 

  • Insight Timer
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Lots of free guided meditations. Requires sign up.

 

  • Paced Breathing
    • Android
    • What it is: Set up a breathing practice for the moment. Ability to adjust the tempo and noise that guides your inhales and exhales.

 

  • Stop, Breathe, Think
    • Apple & Android

What it is: Provides tailored meditation and mindfulness exercises based on present feelings, including teaching how to meditate. Can track mood. Used with friends or alone.

  • Catch It
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Mood diary where you’re encouraged to reflect on your entries and what the emotions mean out of context or time.

 

  • Mood Panda
    • Apple, Android, Website
      • http://www.moodpanda.com/
    • What it is: Mood tracker is paired with blog tools. Can get anonymous support as well.

 

  • Mood Tools
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: All about understanding your mood. Mood tracker, safety plan, meditations, physical activities.

 

  • Mood Scope
    • Website
      • https://www.moodscope.com/
    • What it is: Card game to choose your mood that gets tracked in your account. Choose friends to have your moods emailed to every day. Sends you inspirational emails.

 

  • Stigma
    • Apple
    • What it is: Track your mood, journal about it, and share it with the app’s “community”. Read and “like” others’ anonymous posts. Ability to find a penpal to correspond with.

 

  • Thinkful
    • Apple
    • What it is: App for tracking mood and stress levels, with accompanying tips for stress management.
  • ECouch
    • Website
    • What it is: No email required. Very thorough, extensive assessment to provide information and modules with tools for: depression, anxiety, divorce, and loss.

 

  • Pacifica *
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Mood tracker recommends activities based on mood and energy levels. Very in depth and well designed. Required sign up to use.
5) Self Harm
  • Calm Harm/Stem4 *
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Well designed and inviting app gives activity ideas based on needs such as “comfort, release, etc” to prevent self-harm.

 

  • Skin Pick
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Easy to use, well-designed skin picking/pulling tracking app. Has option to send reports to GP.
6) Suicide
1) Crisis2) Safety Plan
  • Always There
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Kids Help Phone chat app. Can notify user when chat opens, call the Help Phone, gives direct 911 access. Allows user to passcode lock the app to protect privacy.

 

  • Be Safe
    • Apple & Android
    • What it is: Create a safety plan for times of crisis, including adding emergency contacts and advice for your future self. Ontario based resources.

 

  • My3 – Support Network
    • Apple
    • What it is: Picks 3 contacts to call in times of crisis, or 911.
  • Calm in the Storm *
    • Apple
    • What it is: All about managing stress and anxiety, and how they affect mental health and well-being. Has 4 in depth components: Check-In, Relief, Learn, and Safety Plan.

 

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