7 Best Mental Health Apps of 2021


Mental health plays as integral a role as physical health does in today’s time. People are largely facing health issues, which include depression, anxiety, personality disorders, stress, agitation, or for that matter, sleep disorders. The list is vast, and it is time for us to consider our mental health as one prime feature. Many have taken the initiative to come up with mental health applications that act as a platform for improving mental wellbeing and make the mood swings easier to manage. 

These mental health applications act towards relaxing one’s mental disorders, manage stress, improve sleep disorders, and more. Mental health usually requires therapeutic assistance, which these applications can very well take care of. 

Recently during Covid-19 times, mental health became a major concern as people were suddenly locked inside homes with not much to do. Many lost their jobs, while many went restless being alone or secluded from their close ones. 

The world saw a different “normal,” which made many suffering from poor mental health feel worse. On the positive side, the quarantine period created sudden awareness about mental health, and that has helped in throwing light on the seriousness of the issue.

Over the years, the discussion around mental health has rapidly grown and in 2019 alone, around 20.6% of U.S adults had experienced or suffered from a mental illness and the numbers keep rising.

This leaves individuals to explore mental health facilities & professionals. However, seeking a therapist or a psychiatrist can be quite expensive and not everyone can afford it. Therefore these mental health applications act as a powerful tool to fight stress.

In this scenario, a mobile app is the most valuable asset that can assist struggling individuals to cope and deal with their symptoms. 

Most of these mental health applications are free (or reasonably-priced), offers reliable resources, and make therapeutic techniques more portable and accessible. 

If you are serious about your health, here is our top pick for the best Mental Health apps for 2021. 

1. MY3

The MY3 is a free and customizable mental health app designed to keep individuals safe when battling suicidal or harmful thoughts. It allows users to customize a personal safety plan through several user-friendly features such as:

  • Noting warning signs
  • Connecting users to helpful resources
  • Listing out coping strategies

Whether you’re battling recurrent suicidal thoughts or a sudden breakdown – 24/7 professional assistance is ensured with the MY3 app. With the click of a button, users are instantly kept on the bay with a trained counselor (via National Suicide Prevention Lifeline & 911 alert). 

Additionally, it allows you to select three contacts to reach out, in the event of any self-harming thoughts/behaviors and you can find the app on both iOS & Android platforms.

2. Moodfit

As the name suggests, Moodfit is created to help shape our mental health, just as one does with physical fitness. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, extreme stress, or simply want to keep your feelings in check, moodfit is a great tool to keep your mind at ease. 

The app works by presenting a questionnaire that helps determine how severe your symptoms are along with articles & audio files that offer a better understanding of what you’re experiencing.

The application offers different sets of functions including a mood tracker&cognitive-behavioral therapy (to combat negative thoughts) among others. Overall, the functions aretailored to assist users in:

  • Learning new skills (e.g. gratitude & mindfulness)
  • Identifying treatment strategies
  • Modifying irrational thoughts
  • Understanding medication & therapy better
  • Creating & testing out experiments 

You can get the Moodfit app on both iOS & Android platforms. 

3. Recovery Record 

Recovery Record is a mental health app that specifically caters to the needs of individuals recovering from ED or eating disorders and wants to lean towards body imagepositivity.

The app set-up is simple and efficiently assists in keeping a record of meals you’re having, your thoughts, and feelings along with complete questionnaires that help track your overall progress. Additionally, Recovery Record allows users to:

  • Customize meal plans
  • Recovery goals and
  • Coping tactics 

A user recalls Recovery Record as an extremely “remarkable recovery tool” that helps one to stick with a meal plan while providing an outlet to channel out food concerns. The app is made available for both iOS & Android users, plus it’s completely free. 

4.Sober Time 

Sober Time is a great mental health app focused on individualsdealing with substance abuse and sobriety. It helps you remain motivated &inspired while tracking and maintaining real-time updates on your journey to sobriety. 

The clock ticks from seconds to days and users are offered over 10 different display options. Sober Time comes with these following features:

  • Tracking relapses 
  • Adds constructive notes to relapses
  • Tracks financial saving
  • Shares progress
  • Shares daily inspirational messagesSets realistic & achievable goals for you
  • Tracks each goal and users are notified upon reaching it 

Navigating through sobriety while dealing with withdrawal and negative impulses can be difficult, which is why the app comes prepped with the‘community forum’ – a feature that allows users to read and discuss their progress and journey. Sober time is available on both Android & iOS platform. 

5. Talkspace

Talkspace is a therapeutic app that connectsindividuals with mental health professionals (certified) so that users can receive therapy withinthe comforts of their home through digital devices like smartphones, computers, or tablets

Each talk space therapist has clinical experience of over 3000-hrs and certified to provide online therapy and specifies training in areas centering:

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic
  • Existential-humanistic approaches
  • Dialectical behavioral therapyand
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Talkspace can be accessed through both Android and iOS platforms. However, the application is not free and comes with different plans. For unlimited messaging along with one live session in a month, it cost about $260. While for $65, users will get unlimited messaging, send text, videos, and audios as well.

Conversations carried over the Talkspace application is secured with banking-grade encryption for keeping your dialogue safe & confidential. 

6.DaylioJournal

Have you ever noticed your mood abruptly fluctuating at certain times? Well, Daylio is a mobile app that specializes in recognizing these patterns and provides healthy measures to solve them. It is quick, easy-to-use, and tracks your mood efficiently. 

The app has a minimalistic interface and uses graphics to note down the daily moods & activities of the user. Over time, the app will churn out trends & stats that help the user understand their mood better. 

Additionally, Daylio comes with a reminder to keep users updated with their tracking & journaling activity and it is available on both Android & iOS platforms. 

7.Lifesum

Closing off our list is the Lifesum app. Now, what makes this app quite different from others is, it’s much broader and its resourcesare developed for not just people dealing with mental disorders but those interested in a healthier living as well. 

The app allows individuals to enter personal data and once entered, lifesum will begin to generate your “Life Score” to create a personalized roadmap for better health. It also enables users to set & manage personal goals. 

From eating healthier, building more muscles to getting reminders for drinking and eating, Lifesum pairs well with any individual opting for a healthier perspective in both physical and mental lane. 

Lifesum is a free app and it can be found in the app store and the google play store for iOS & Android users respectively.  

Final Thoughts 

Mental health apps are not only useful for those struggling financially but for individuals that are unwilling to attend direct therapy as well. As individuals with mental illness continues to spike in number, clinicians have also started employing mobile apps to aid in their treatment procedures.

As research suggests, mental health showcase great potential as a treatment tool for individuals with different mental issues. 

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Lauren Williams currently works as an SMM at MedicoReach. She has been working in the B2B industry for a decade now. Through her blogs, she keeps the industry updated on the latest trends, development, and advances across various segments. 

Finding Your Voice As a New Grad Nurse

 

 

 A huge component of being successful in your new role as a nurse is your ability to be vocal. For many of you this may make you uncomfortable but no worries, as your confidence increases so will your voice. Speaking up is not only how we advocate for ourselves but also for our patients. Your voice is a powerful tool when used effectively but it is equally important to verbalize your needs, ask questions, be relatable and be direct.

 

VERBALIZE YOUR NEEDS

Verbalizing your needs not only helps to bring you out of your shell but it also helps others understand how to best guide and assist you in your new role. Sharing your learning style with your preceptor/ team is a great way to communicate your needs initially. Also, try reflecting at the end of each shift and jot down things (knowledge, tools, support, etc)  that would’ve been helpful to know or have. Identifying and acknowledging these deficits can help empower you to share your weakness with your preceptor or charge nurse and in turn get the support you need.

 

 ASK QUESTIONS  

Asking questions lets your preceptor or team know that you are teachable and that you’re there to learn. Even if you happen to be coming to the table with a great deal of knowledge coming across as someone who already knows everything may be frowned upon in a new role where you have no experience. While many things you’ve learned won’t translate from textbook to practice, there are some things that should definitely remain the same. If ever you’re curious about safety or ethics be sure to ask questions.

 

BE DIRECT 

Be organized and direct when reporting patient status updates or inquiries to physicians and other team members. This can be intimidating but here’s where SBAR comes in handy to make your report clear and concise. Practice makes perfect. Pro tip: Practice verbalizing patient scenarios from the day, out loud at home so you can get comfortable reporting info and hearing yourself in an assertive tone. You should also be direct in the context of advocating for yourself when dealing with your peers and uncomfortable situations.

 

BE RELATABLE

Interacting with your patients can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be. Look for commonalities between you two. This can be as easy as striking up a conversation about a ball team because you noticed their tumbler on the counter with their fav team on it or asking about a family member whose picture is in the room.  Always lead with empathy and remember you’re there to treat a person and not a disease. However, some patients won’t be receptive to even the warmest of conversation and that’s ok too. Be mindful of cultural competence and barriers to quality care. 

 

Finding your voice in your new role will undoubtedly take some time to adjust and get used to. Think of it as a craft that you are constantly perfecting. Some days you’ll be spot on and others not so much but each day you will gain experience and with that comes confidence. Incorporate these tips into your daily work practice and you’ll be vocal in the best ways in no time.

 

 

 

The Nurse Link Team 

 

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“be direct when advocating for yourself when dealing with your peers and uncomfortable situations”

 

Starting A Nursing Career During the Pandemic

The first year of your nursing career can be challenging under normal circumstances, but COVID-19 has made this transition even more arduous. According to the Organization of Nurse Leaders, pandemic conditions prevented nursing students from participating in traditional clinical experiences. They instead relied on innovative solutions that were provided in the form of virtual lessons and simulation labs. Potential graduation delays further prohibit much-needed nurses from supporting hospitals that are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Schools and government entities developed strategies to help nurses complete their degree and enter the workforce early. For instance, California created an emergency waiver that reduced the required amount of hospital clinical hours to allow nurses to graduate earlier. Similarly, Wisconsin only required 75% of their pre-established clinical hours. This allowed newly graduated nursing students to be able to help on the front lines of the pandemic sooner. 

Newly Graduated Nurses Will Face Unique Challenges

Newly graduated nurses will be starting their careers with little to no clinical experience, creating unique challenges for both the nurse and the hospital organizations for which they’ll work. Resources are available to help, like Nursing Central – Unbound Medicine, which creates comprehensive guides on navigating COVID-19 for student nurses, faculty, and new grads. 

Hospital positions require a facility orientation and a concentrated internship with preceptorship before the RN can work without immediate direct supervision. Graduate nurses will need extensive mentoring and support in a time when preceptors and resources may not be readily available. Experienced nurses are often called upon to precept new graduates, but these highly-skilled nurses are currently deeply entrenched in the pandemic response. 

Suggestions for Smooth Transition for New Graduates During the Pandemic Include:

  • When possible, considerations should be made to orient graduate nurses on non-COVID units to create a less stressful environment that is conducive to basic clinical skills and knowledge

  • Shift orientation to focus on developing practical and assessment skills to help fill in the gaps from missed clinicals.

  • To gain experience and confidence, new nurses should participate in as many aspects of care as possible. 

  • If another nurse has a patient with a condition, intervention, or procedure that you have not yet experienced, offer help, and ask to observe. This will ease anxiety for future instances and make you a much more well-rounded nurse.

 

The next generation of nurses will begin their career with more knowledge about the risks and challenges of providing patient care than any cohorts before. Aim to interview with hospital systems that provide mentorship programs. These programs serve as an extension of orientation lasting nine months or longer; new nurses are paired with one or two experienced nurses who are willing to take them under their wing and offer support. This equips new nurses with a go-to person for any questions or situations that may arise. New nurses often feel isolated and overwhelmed at the start of their role, but mentorships and nurse community support groups can help provide both clinical and emotional support throughout the transition. 

 

New graduate support groups should address topics such as:

  • Professional development

  • Clinical skills

  • Mentoring

  • Reflection via storytelling

  • Debriefing

Speak Up for Safety 

It is normal to feel anxious as a new nurse taking on the massive responsibility of caring for others, but the pandemic brings a whole new set of worries. These include potential effects on your patients, the fear of contracting the virus yourself, and the stress of infecting your loved ones. New grads will need to don more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than ever, which can be a learning curve in itself. It is critical for nurses to advocate for themselves and ensure that they have the proper tools to safely and effectively provide care. 

While the inability to attend hospital clinicals puts student nurses at a disadvantage, most nursing skills are learned on the job and plenty of opportunities will be provided. Be sure to speak up if you are unsure about how to perform something. The patient’s safety always takes precedence, and it is never wrong to ask for help. It takes years for nurses to become completely confident in their assessment and clinical skills and understand all of the nuances of patient care. Nursing school heavily focuses on critical thinking skills, which is a crucial component of the profession. Therefore, you will be well-prepared in that aspect. 

Congratulations

Completing school and moving forward with your career during the most stressful time in nursing history is something to be proud of. Despite safety concerns, the pandemic has reassured many aspiring nurses that this career path is the right one. This important career transition allows you to truly witness the power of nursing as your peers work to protect each other, their patients, and the community. I applaud you for your hard work and am excited to welcome you to the most rewarding job you will ever experience. Be sure to give yourself time to breathe and practice self care. We experienced nurses look forward to working by your side to fight this global pandemic. Congratulations and stay safe! 

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Lauren Rivera RNC-NIC, is a certified neonatal intensive care nurse and a certified breastfeeding counselor. 

She is also an expert for a mother/baby telehealth company offering support and educational classes for women 

and their families.

 

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