Psychology apps

The top Psychology apps shaping the future of mental health


SlowMo is the first digital therapy platform that helps people to visualise their thoughts and thinking habits and provides a revolutionary shift in the accessibility of therapy and self-management tools.

SlowMo works by targeting the problematic fast thinking habits that attribute to paranoia by encouraging people to ‘slow down for a moment’, providing tips to manage upsetting thoughts and improve their psychology. An interactive interface supports the delivery of face-to-face therapy sessions, which are complemented by a mobile application for use in daily life.

SlowMo has been developed in collaboration with the Psychosis Research Partnership and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, and was originally funded by the Maudsley Charity and Wellcome Trust.

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MindShift helps people learn the basic skills to manage their symptoms of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, performance anxiety and perfectionism. The skills taught can be applied to individuals with emotional, physical or cognitive expressions of anxiety, helping them change the way they perceive feared situations and helping them lead a worry-free life.

MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety and overall psychology. This mental health app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle test anxiety, social anxiety and intense emotions as well as many others.

This app is the work of a joint collaboration between AnxietyBC, a non-profit organisation devoted to increasing awareness and access to evidence-based resources on psychology and anxiety disorders, and BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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Operation Reach Out

This app focuses on preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans, although it can be used by anyone. Developed by a team of suicide prevention experts, it encourages people to ‘reach out’ for help when they are having suicidal thoughts by providing a personal contact help centre to talk about their problems. The help centre is pre-loaded with phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines and attempts to remind people that help is out there.

The app comes with a number of videos that explain important issues linked to depression; including ‘your problems can be treated’, ‘there are other solutions’, ‘suicidal crisis are almost always temporary’, and ‘your problems are rarely as great as they appear’.

Operation Reach Out also helps people trying to prevent suicide in another person, by giving them hints about dealing with a depressed person, such as ‘don’t be afraid to ask tough questions’. Effectively, Operation Reach Out is a helpful hints app that highlights obvious points in dealing with depression; but these hints are very much needed as a reminder in times of crisis.

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Headspace is your very own personal trainer; your gym membership for the mind. Effectively, Headspace is a meditation app that allows you to really ‘find yourself’. With a library full of audio meditation programmes, you can listen to Headspace through the mobile app on the go, or through the web app.

While there are hundreds of meditation apps on the marketplace; all of which aim to improve mindfulness and relaxation; the quality of lessons on Headspace and the sheer quantity of what there is to learn puts this particular app way ahead of the others.

What really makes Headspace stand out from other meditation apps is what it could bring to the battle against mental health. With motivational relaxation talks about cancer, depression and anxiety, Headspace really helps to put things in perspective, clear your mind and put a brighter, happier spin on things.

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Depression CBT

One of the most popular methods of managing depression and other mental health problems as well as improving the psychology of patients is Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT). The app Depression CBT puts this into practice by helping you monitor your moods with an assessment test that tracks the severity of your moods and provides several tips and resources aimed at educating you to improve your mood.

‘The natural management of depression involves understanding depression and the factors that contribute to the symptoms. Learning to manage stress in your life and engage in self-care behaviours can improve your symptoms and your mood.’

Depression CBT implements depression severity tests, audio, articles, a cognitive diary and a motivational points system that helps you learn how to manage your stress and improve your mood.

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