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Sommaire : Problems with stress and mental health are unfortunately common in modern society. While many people could benefit from seeing a mental health professional, such as help is not always readily accessible. Fortunately, there is increasing evidence that e-MentalHealth interventions may be helpful for mental health, which includes apps and websites.
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D’s Story

D. is a young adult having problems with stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, she lives in a rural area, and there is no easy access to a mental health professional. She does an internet search on online help, but is overwhelmed by the number of websites that pop up. She decides to see her family physician to asks what apps she might recommend... 

Apps

There is a growing number of apps for mental health but it can be challenging to know which ones are reputable, safe and effective. Only a tiny percentage are associated with credible healthcare organizations. On one hand, there are good apps that may be helpful. On the other hand, there are some apps which may be a waste of time and money, and worse, perhaps even harmful. 

Specific Apps by Publicly Funded Organizations

Description

Issues Addressed

Age 

Cost

Always There

By Kids Help Phone 

A you to chat with or call Kids Help Phone.

Android Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.speakfeel.khp_en&hl=en_CA

iOS https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/always-there/id579718991

Mental Health Children/youthFree
Be Safe
By MindYourMind, a publicly funded service in Ontario.
Allows the user to create a digital safety plan; informs user about mental health and addiction resources for those living in Ontario;
directs users to the best options for their needs though a decision-making aid; creates a personal ‘get help script’ that helps users find the words to reach out
Empowers the user to reach out safely
www.BeSafeApp.ca
Mental health Youth and young adults
Free

BoosterBuddy Mobile App

By Island Health Authority, British Columbia

BoosterBuddy is a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Manage your personal wellness journey and earn achievements as your sidekick guides you through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.

http://www.viha.ca/cyf_mental_health/boosterbuddy.html

Mental health and wellness in general

Youth/young adults

Free

Calm Harm

App developed to help with teenage mental health using principles of dialectical behaviour therapy. 

Endorsed by the National Health Service (NHS) in their digital app library.
https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/

Mental health and wellness in general

Youth

Free

CBT-i Coach
US Department of Veterans Affairs
https://mobile.va.gov/app/cbt-i-coach
InsomniaAdultsFree

HealthyMinds App

By the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Problem-solving tool to help youth and young adults deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus.

http://healthymindsapp.ca

Coping with stress for students

Youth/young adults

Free

MindShift

By Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia in collaboration with BC Children’s Hospital. 

For coping with anxiety -- breathing exercises, a symptom checker to help rate your current anxiety, and steps to get you through difficult episodes or situations.
https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/

Anxiety, sleep problems

Youth/ young adults  

Free

mood. (spelled "mood.") 

By MindYourMind 

Helps track daily mood and sleep patterns. 

https://mindyourmind.ca/tools/mood-mindyourmind

Mood, sleep 

Child/Youth

Free

Moodie

In partnership with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC). 

Tracks food intake, sleep, physical activity, and self-care; while motivating users to care about their mental and physical health. Designed to complement other mental health services -- users can give permission for professional to view their mental health tracking data.

https://mdsc.ca/new-app-to-support-mental-health-available-in-canada/

Mood tracking, mental health care, portal for professionals

Youth/Adults

Free

Daylio App

Makes it easy to track moods and encourage healthy activities

Chaudry, 2016
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5344152/

Mood tracking

Youth / Adults

Free

SAM (Self-Help Anxiety Management)

By researchers at the University of West England.

Helps users with multimedia activities and mini-games. It also includes peer social support.
https://sam-app.org.uk/

Monitor and manage panic attacks and anxiety

Youth / Adults

Free

Notable Apps by Commercial Companies

Description

Issues Addressed

Age

Cost

Headspace

Highly rated app that introduces the basics of mindfulness and meditation with the "Take 10 Free Trial". 

www.headspace.com

Mindfulness, anxiety, sleep Youth / adults

Free trial

Calm

Awarded Apple's "App of the Year" in 2017. Designed to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and help you to feel happier.

Calm focuses on the four key areas of meditation, breathing, sleep, and relaxation, with the aim of bringing joy, clarity, and peace to your daily life.

www.calm.com 

Anxiety, sleep

Youth / adults

Free

Sanvello

Formerly known as Pacifica, Sanvello helps with anxiety and stress through various techniques, along with a supportive community.

https://www.sanvello.com/

Anxiety, stress

Youth / adultsFree and premium versions

Happify

Happify is a space to overcome negative thoughts and stress and build resilience. Whether you are feeling stressed, anxious, or sad, Happify helps you to regain control of your thoughts and feelings.
https://happify.com/

Stressed, anxious or sad

Youth / adults 

eTherapy Websites

These are websites that provide (self-guided) eTherapy.

Description

Issues

Age

Cost

MoodGym

Online CBT for persons 16 years and older Developer: Australian National University

https://moodgym.com.au/

Mild to moderate anxiety disorders or depression.


Age 16+

$39 AUD / year (as of Jan 2019)

(Previously free)

eCouch

e-couch is a self-help interactive program. Evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

Developer: Australian National University

https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome

Depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, loss, grief.

Age 16+

Free

Cope 2 Thrive

Online CBT for youth

http://www.cope2thrive.com/


Youth

Yes

Depression Center

Online therapy for depression; you can complete a depression quiz and you will be able to print the results to show your doctor.

http://www.depressioncenter.net/

Depression

Adults

Free

OnTrack Depression

Online therapy for depression, which aims to help you recover from depression. You will be able to write down your moods and thoughts in a diary and graphs will show you how you are doing over time.

http://www.ontrack.org.au

Depression

Adults

Free

The Journal

Online programme that can teach you skills to manage depression. Online modules based on cognitive behavioural therapy will teach you how to make behavioural and lifestyle changes to help manage your depression.

www.Depression.org.nz

Depression

Adults

Free

Moodkit

Over 200 mood improving activities and thought modulation strategies

Healthline Best Apps for Depression 2017

www.thriveport.com/products/moodkit

Mood problems

Adults

International

PTSD Coach Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada with education plus CBT techniques

www.veterans.gc.ca/

PTSD


Adults

International

US Department of Veterans Affairs

CBT-i Coach

https://mobile.va.gov/app/cbt-i-coach

Insomnia

Adults

International

MindMaster from CHEO

English/French -- For adults (parents or professionals) to use with their children aged 4-9 year olds to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness. Consists of a guidebook for adults, videos and audio tracks to do with the child.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/professionals-and-partners/iecmh.aspx#Mindmasters-2


Stress, mild problems with anxiety and sadness

Adults

International

Free to download

Pain Squad

By Hospital for Sick Children to help children with cancer pain

www.sickkids.ca

Cancer pain


Children

International

Looking for More Apps? App Review Websites

To learn about apps for mental health, consider the following websites which have reputable reviews of apps: 

References

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of psychiatric illness

David Gratzer and Faiza Khalid-Khan

CMAJ March 01, 2016 188 (4) 263-272; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.150007

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/188/4/263

Authors

Written by the professionals at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the University of Ottawa. Special thanks to Ashley Radomski, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. The authors of this article have no conflicts of interest to disclose. 

Disclaimer

Information in this article are offered ‘as is' and is meant only to provide general information that supplements, but does not replace the information from your health provider. Always contact a qualified health professional for further information in your specific situation or circumstance.

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Affichée le : Jan 13, 2017
Date de la dernière modification : Dec 19, 2019

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