Worldwide, more than 970 million people struggle with mental health problems. Sadly, this figure has increased in the last few years, with the global pandemic, working from home, and an influx in stress levels all cited as contributing factors.

Although the number of people affected by mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression is on the rise, approximately 70% of individuals go without treatment. Instead, many attempts to deal with their mental health problems alone.

Out of those that do secure professional help, research shows that treatment is delayed for approximately 11 years due to the stigmas and taboos that come hand-in-hand with mental health disorders.

In a bid to help those in need confidentially seek support, more than 20,000 mental health apps have been developed. In recent years, these mental health apps have proven to be extremely beneficial, with studies highlighting that they effectively reduce a range of mental health conditions.

The 8 Most Beneficial Mental Health Apps Of 2021

Whether you are hoping to alleviate the stress and pressure you face on a daily basis, want to speak to a licensed therapist or uncover how you can enhance your mood, we have offered insight into what we deem to be the 8 most beneficial mental health apps of 2021 below.

1. Headspace

Launched in 2010 to improve mental health, Headspace encourages those struggling with mental health disorders, insomnia, and reduced health to take advantage of the benefits that mindfulness, meditation and other well-being therapies offer.

Boasting guided meditations, podcasts, music, workouts, and inspiring stories that are sure to boost an individual’s spirits, find out more about how Headspace can support you here or download the app via the App Store or Google Play today.

2. Talkspace  

Seeking therapy and counselling can be somewhat costly. Paired with having limited time, fearing being judged, and the stigmas frequently associated, 75% of adults in England go without the support they need to manage their mental health problems.

In a bid to make therapy and counselling more affordable and accessible, the Talkspace app was launched to support individuals, couples, and young adults.

Providing one-to-one therapy sessions with a recommended therapist, Talkspace ensures that professional support can be accessed for a wealth of disorders as and when it is needed.

 

3. Better Help

Similarly to Talkspace, Better Help connects individuals battling a range of mental health problems with therapists to ensure that support and guidance be sought at all times.

Reducing symptoms associated with depression by 70%, Better Help enables app users to decide how they communicate with therapists. Some of the options provided include instant messaging, chat, phone calls and video messaging.

If you would like to take advantage of the benefits that counselling provides, we recommend downloading Better Help today.

4. Wysa: Mental Health Support  

Providing a safe space for those suffering from anxiety, depression and stress to discuss their feelings, the Wysa: Mental Health Support app encourages users to participate in cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.

Enabling users to seek support via an AI chatbot or professional therapist, Wysa is entirely confidential. To find out more, download the Wysa: Mental Health Support app via the App Store here.

 

5. Calm

Named the number one mental health app for sleep and meditation, Calm effectively reduces anxiety and stress levels whilst promoting a healthy and holistic lifestyle.

Free to use, the Calm app features sleep stories, relaxing music and masterclasses that delve into topics such as embracing stillness and how to get a better night’s sleep.

Whether you feel overwhelmed with stress or have experienced intense bouts of insomnia, we highly recommend downloading Calm.

6. Dare: Anxiety & Panic Relief

Across the United Kingdom, 8.2 million cases of anxiety are recorded each year.  1 in 100 adults is also thought to struggle with panic disorders.

To help individuals overcome anxiety and panic disorders, the Dare: Anxiety & Panic Relief app was launched on the App Store and Google Play.

Enabling users to select what they need help with, Dare: Anxiety & Panic Relief provides users with the opportunity to free themselves of their worries, overcome insomnia and manage anxiety and panic symptoms better. The app also provides access to news, support challenges, music and audio guides.

7. PTSD Coach  

From managing symptoms to offering support, crisis resources and tools that effectively mitigate the impact post-traumatic stress disorder has, PTSD Coach has been designed for those who find their lives impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unlike other mental health apps, PTSD coach is also beneficial for those who find their lives affected by someone else’s post-traumatic stress disorder.

Free to download and use via the App Store and Google Play, PTSD coach has been downloaded more than half a million times worldwide and remains highly effective.

8. Happify

Irrespective of whether you feel stressed, sad, anxious or worried, Happify is sure to boost your mood and leave you with a spring in your step.

Incorporating several tools and scientifically backed games that will assist you in regaining control of your thoughts and feelings, Happify boasts tools that measure emotional well-being and reduce mental health problems such as anxiety, burnout, trauma and stress.

By answering a few simple questions upon downloading the app, users are provided with instant expert advice that guarantees that mental health problems can be managed.

Contact Us Today

Although the 8 most beneficial mental health apps of 2021 noted above are recommended, if you are struggling with a mental health disorder, securing professional help is in your best interest.

Here at Asana Lodge, we provide residential mental health treatment to people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your personal circumstances, we can assist you in addressing the cause of your mental health disorder, and we can provide suitable treatment options.

To find out more about the mental health treatments available at our private rehab, call us today on 01908 489 421. Alternatively, email [email protected] and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

 

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