Useful phone apps

Disclaimer: none of these apps are valid substitutes to therapy and/or medical professionals.

Most of these apps are free.

Emergencies & Crisis

Please try these apps first while you’re safe to see if they work on your phone.

  • ICE Contact is a free personal safety app that delivers instant and delayed messages to friends and family In Case of Emergency (ICE). For Apple and Android.
  • MY3, with which you define your network and your plan to stay safe. You can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. For Apple and Android.
  • Wickr Me is a top-secret messenger that enables private and easily erasable communications. Take full control over who has access to your content and how long it remains accessible. For Apple and Android.

Chronic Pain

  • Ouchie, a mobile tool for pain management. Manage your pain, connect with providers and others in your situation, and find accomplishments in the everyday. For Apple and Android.
  • Flaredown, a comprehensive symptom and treatment tracker. For Apple and Android.

Give and get comfort

  • Comfort Spot, Quiet Spaces’ app. For Android and Apple.
  • Vent, a social diary, a place for you to express how you really feel, within an understanding community. For Android and Apple.
  • Reachout: My Support Network is a Support Network for patients and caregivers fighting chronic conditions. For Apple and Android.

White noises

  • Rain, Rain, dozens of high-quality endless sounds. Really relaxing. For Apple, Android, and Amazon Apps.
  • TaoMix 2 offers an easy way to create your own soundscapes that can evolve randomly over time, for a perfect immersion. For Apple and Android.
  • myNoise, with which you can mix relaxing sounds and create your own favorite mixes for relaxation, sleeping, or concentration. For Apple and Android.

Medications

  • Medisafe helps you keep track of which medications you need to take, when, and when they’re about to finish, and can create a direct channel between patients and their doctors/pharmacists. It also lets you set up an emergency contact who will be automatically alerted if you forget to take your meds. For Apple and Android.
  • Carezone lets you take pictures of your prescription bottles, and automatically imports the details. You can also document symptoms and note important contacts. For Apple and Android.
  • MyTherapy gives you reminders when it’s time to take your medication, take measurements, or do exercises, and it also serves as a journal where you can track your symptoms and overall health. For Apple and Android.

Meditating

  • Stop, Breathe & Think, to check in with how you’re feeling, practice some mindful breathing, and increase your level of relaxation. For Apple, Android, and Web App.
  • Take a break! to relax as you are voice-guided step by step. For Apple, Android, and Amazon Apps.
  • Breathe2Relax, a portable stress management tool which provides instructions and practice exercises to help users learn stress management skills, through diaphragmatic breathing. For Apple and Android.
  • Insight Timer, guided meditations and talks led by the world’s top mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists, and meditation teachers from Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, and the University of Oxford. For Apple and Android.
  • Smiling Mind, not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness accessible for all. For Apple and Android.
  • Calm claims to bring clarity, joy, and peace, to your daily life. A meditation app for beginners, but it also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced meditators and gurus. For Apple and Android.
  • Recolor delivers the mammoth adult coloring book phenomenon in an app-sized package. More than 1,000 images are provided on Recolor to help you relax, rest your mind, and send you into a Zen-like meditative state. For Apple and Android.

Keeping a journal

  • TherapyBuddy has five features: you can record your appointments, write a “helpful takeaway” for each session, create a homework assignment task list, create a list of things to bring up at your next session, and set an alert reminder for your next appointment. For Apple and Android.
  • Journey records your daily events to relive those moments later. For Apple, Android, and Windows.
  • Daylo lets you pick your mood and add activities you have been doing during the day. You can also add notes and keep an old school diary. For Apple and Android.

Positivity

  • Happify claims to bring you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being. For Apple and Android.
  • Bliss – Gratitude Journal works like a daily diary or gratitude journal that allows you to record thoughts and meditation on the previous day. For Apple and Android.
  • Happier helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day. Use it to lift your mood, take a quick meditation pause, or capture and savor the small happy moments that you find in your day. For Apple, Android version coming soon.

Productivity & focus

  • Todoist, with which you can keep track of everything so you can start getting things done and enjoy more peace-of-mind along the way. For Apple and Android.
  • myHomework is useful for students, especially those of us with poor memory. This app is a practical planner, and it has reminders for classes, assignments, etc. For Apple, Android, and Windows phone.
  • Habitica is built like a game, to help you stay motivated and organized. For Apple and Android.
  • ColorNote is a simple notepad app, with a quick and easy notepad editing experience when you write notes, memos, e-mails, messages, shopping lists, and to-do lists. You can assign different colors to different notes. For Apple and Android.
  • Peak challenges your memory, attention, problem solving, mental agility, language, coordination, creativity, and emotion control, to improve your brain’s performance. For Apple and Android.
  • Forest helps you put down your phone and stay focused on what you have to do. For Apple and Android.

Recovery

  • Rise Up + Recover for EDs is based off self-monitoring homework, and it’s a good addition to your professional treatment. For Apple and Android.
  • MHRG: Mental Health Recovery Guide claims that there are 17 (seventeen) essential things you need to know to fast track your recovery from mental illness. This app will tell you what they are and help you through them. For Apple and Android.
  • The WRAP® App involves listing your personal resources (Wellness Tools), and then using these resources to develop Action Plans. For Apple and Android.
  • Nomo accurately breaks down the years, months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes of your recovery journey. You can also share your success with others.

Self-help

  • Aloe Bud is an all-in-one, self-care pocket companion. It brings awareness to self-care activities, using encouraging push notifications, rather than guilt or shame. For Apple, currently in development for Android.
  • Virtual Hope Box is where patients can store a variety of rich multimedia content that they find personally supportive, and have them on hand in times of need. It’s designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. For Apple and Android.
  • Self-help Anxiety Management, or SAM, is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who want to learn about how to manage their anxiety.
  • Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can set a password so that it’s completely private. For Apple and Android.
  • SkinPick allows you to document your picking urges and episodes. After a while of using the app, you will have gathered enough data to start seeing patterns in your behavior and trying to block the process. For Apple and Android.
  • SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science. By playing it you start building personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. It works like a game of rewards. For Apple and Android.
  • Moodlytics is a mood tracking/journal/diary app with easy to understand data analysis. You can also set goals and have your moods analyzed through time.
  • Koko offers services that help social network users manage crisis, abuse, and bullying. For various apps.

Sleep helpers

  • Twilight, an app that blocks blue light from your screen. Only for Android, but iPhones have the option included in their last updates.
  • Pzizz has a patented algorithm that plays you “dreamscapes”— sleep-optimized mixes of music, voiceover, and sound effects that quickly quiet your mind, put you to sleep, keep you asleep, and then wake you up feeling refreshed. For Apple and Android.
  • iSleep Easy Meditations Free contains three guided meditations to help you fall asleep and sleep deeply. For Apple and Android.