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#SafeZone: Seven Apps For Improving Your Mental Health

Mental Health is becoming more general knowledge amongst young Africans. There’s a deeper understanding of how important taking care of the mind is and this has made more people interested in the state of their mental health and understanding the different peculiarities that surround it.

A large majority is going through different forms of Mental illness, Dyslexia, ADHD, Depression, and others which we’ve shed light on through our #SafeZone series. It’s hard to manage one’s mental health alone and finding a good/affordable therapist can be an issue.

We’ve compiled a list of apps that will help improve your mental health and be there for you till you can afford professional help.

1. What’s Up

What’s up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. 

Free on iOS and Android

2. Quit That!

Quit That! is a completely free app that helps users beat their habits or addictions. Whether you’re looking to stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking, or stop taking drugs, it’s the perfect recovery tool to track and monitor your progress. 

Free on iOS

3. Mind Shift

Mind Shift is designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. 

Free On iOS and Android

4. Bipolar Disorder Connect 

Bipolar Disorder Connect is a great app that connects people with bipolar disorder from around the world. This tool gives you access to a community of people living with the condition. The app also features tracking tools to help you monitor your moods and share those updates.

Free on  iOS

5. Happify

Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. 

Free on iOS and Android

6. Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is made for just that. Created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is a portable stress management tool that teaches users a skill called diaphragmatic breathing.

Free On iOS and Android

7. Calm

Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music. 

Free On iOS and Android

Sourced from Psycom.
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