35 Best Mobile Apps for Mental Health 0

Top 30 Best Mental Health Apps

With the recent suicides of famous celebs like Avicii (superstar DJ-producer), Dolores O’Riordan (musician, The Cranberries), Kate Spade (fashion designer), to Anthony Bourdain (food author, curator), I thought it’d be a good time to consolidate as many mental health apps as I could find to share. The good news is there’s been a proliferation of mental health apps available on a smartphone today; making my search a cinch. These mental health apps offer a wealth of resources that make therapeutic techniques more accessible, portable, and cost-effective. Within minutes, you can start using the app and incorporate techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment in your daily routine.

Here’s a list of the top 35 apps that can help to enhance your well-being and look after your mental health.

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General Apps

  1. What’s Up? is a fantastic free app utilizing some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! With a beautiful, modern design, simple heading and easy-to-follow methods, you can get to what helps you the most in seconds!
  2. MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life! Developed by two clinical psychologists (co-creators of Moodnotes), MoodKit draws upon the principles and techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), one of the most effective and scientifically-supported methods of psychotherapy. MoodKit’s innovative design enables it to be used on its own or to enhance professional treatment.

Addiction Apps

  1. Twenty-Four Hours a Day – Find inspiration anywhere, at any time, with Hazelden Publishing’s Twenty-Four Hours a Day app featuring all 366 daily meditations from the classic best-selling meditation book for people in recovery from addiction. At the touch of a fingertip, Twenty-Four Hours a Day becomes your companion, making it easy to focus on your sobriety wherever you are. Practicing the Twelve Steps has never been more accessible.
  2. Quit That! is a simple app to track all of the stuff you are trying to quit. Want to quit smoking? Quit That! Looking to stop drinking soda? Quit That! too. There’s no limit on how many things you can quit.

Anxiety Apps

  1. Anxiety Relief Hypnosis can help you reduce anxious thoughts and improve your relaxation response, resetting your behavior for a healthier response to stress.
  2. MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify action steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.
  3. Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.  SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users. Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.
  4. Thought Diary will help you evaluate, understand, and change your thoughts and feelings. By using this application, you can work to identify your emotions, analyze how and why you’re feeling this way, challenge those negative beliefs, and change your thinking patterns for future situations.

Bipolar Disorder Apps

  1. iMoodJournal – This beautiful app is an ultimate journal, personal diary and mood charting tool. It can track not only mood but anything you like: sleep, medication, symptoms, stress and anxiety, energy level, cycles, etc. It will help you discover causes of your ups and downs, and get surprising insights into yourself!
  2. Stigma: Mood Tracker & Journal provides you with a safe way to build your support network, journal what’s on your mind, and keep track of your mood.

Depression Apps

  1. Lantern – A mobile app with programs that provide effective, affordable support for emotional well-being. Each time you use Lantern, you’ll learn new techniques proven to reduce stress, or practice and strengthen your skills. Your coach is a real person assigned to you to help encourage, support, and orient you as you progress through the program.
  2. Talkspace Online Therapy is a platform that connects users with a licensed therapist. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of stress, feeling depressed or having anxiety attacks, Talkspace is the place for you. It’s also great for couples that need a new spark of motivation, to relieve tension and to increase positive feelings in their relationship. We will connect you with a dedicated, licensed therapist for on-demand, private text, audio, and video chat therapy, anywhere and anytime. All in the palm of your hand, on your phone or web browser!
  3. Happify – Get ready to reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience. 86% of people who use Happify regularly report feeling better about their lives in 2 months!
  4. MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.

Eating Disorder Apps

  1. Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This app is also intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns.
  2. WhatsMyM3 is based on a research validated screen that in 3 minutes assesses your risk of depression, bipolar and anxiety and PTSD. After completing the short checklist you receive a personalized confidential report sharing how much burden these symptoms may be causing you. Please reach out to a professional or go directly to the emergency room should you feel a need for help.
  3. iCBT helps you manage stress and anxiety whenever and wherever you need to.  Manage stress and anxieties with iCBT, a personal-use tool for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is always with you when you need it.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been proven to be the most effective psychological therapy for a range of problems including PTSD, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, OCD, and some eating disorders, and is among the most effective for depression and some personality disorders.

OCD Apps

  1. nOCD helps people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manage the condition: think “no OCD.” It was designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients to incorporate clinically effective treatment methods like Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness.
  2. Worry Watch app is designed to capture and reflect on those momentary self-realizations. By logging ‘what might happen’ perception from day one and tracking it to ‘what did happen’ reality, we may get a deeper understanding of our worry/anxiety patterns. Such an understanding may help us challenge our negative perceptions and change our future thought patterns in a positive way.
  3. Live OCD Free is an interactive application designed to guide users through the only evidence-based treatment, Exposure, and Response Prevention (ERP), for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

PTSD Apps

  1. PTSD Coach was designed for those who have or may have, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This app provides you with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.
  2. Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practices exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.

Schizophrenia Apps

  1. Schizophrenia Health Storylines – Developed in partnership with the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA), this app makes it easier to record details and specifics about symptoms, medication, moods, and more. Choose what you want to track, and see all the information you need to help you or your loved one who is living with schizophrenia and related disorders.
  2. UCSF Prime: The ultimate goal of PRIME is to inspire young people with schizophrenia to improve quality of life. PRIME includes social networking with relatable peers, goal setting focused on promoting well being, and access to mental health motivational coaches to support users in improving their lives. PRIME has developed at the UCSF, DRIVE lab in collaboration with IDEO, the global design firm, Wolox software boutique, and with individuals with schizophrenia and their family members. Clinical trials for the use of PRIME and its effects on improving quality of life are underway.

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Stress Apps

  1. Shine makes it easier for you to take care of yourself. Every morning, we’ll send you a conversational experience around your wellbeing, with research-backed content around confidence, daily happiness, mental health, and productivity.
  2. Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.
  3. Calm is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress. Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.
  4. Aloe Bud is an all-in-one, self-care pocket companion. It gently brings awareness to self-care activities, using encouraging push notifications, rather than guilt or shame.
  5. Moodnotes empowers you to track your mood over time, avoid common thinking traps, and develop perspectives associated with increased happiness and well-being.
  6. Moodpath is an interactive mental health screening and improvement program that detects symptoms of depression. After answering questions concerning your emotional and physical well-being you receive a professional assessment of your mental health that you can share and discuss with your physician or therapist. Moodpath is a CE-certified medical product and does not collect any personal data.
  7. Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address them based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking. Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused by an ongoing cycle of negative thoughts. Thoughts cause physical feelings and emotions which cause actions. Pacifica helps break this cycle using tools that target each of its components. Day-by-day, you’ll learn to manage stress, anxiety, and depression at your own pace. We’re not about quick-fixes or false promises. We are about real progress, a day at a time.
  8. SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science. Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health—by boosting physical and emotional well-being. Resilience also helps you achieve your life goals—by strengthening your social support and increasing your stamina, willpower, and focus.
  9. 7 Cups of Tea is an online emotional support service. Through a secure, anonymous bridging technology, we connect those in need of emotional support with our network of Active Listeners, individuals from all walks of life who want to provide compassionate care. Connections to Listeners are private, one-on-one conversations initiated on demand.
  10. RealifeChange is your own portable life coach, designed to take all of the social interactions, moods, decisions, discoveries, and emotions that you experience each day and provide you with meaningful, actionable feedback to help coach you in your journey towards a better life.
  11. StressScan – Just place a finger over the camera for two minutes, and StressScan will analyze changes in your heart rate and scientifically measure the level of your mental and physical stress on a scale of 1 to 100.

If you or someone is suffering from any of these conditions, please seek some kind of help; whether it be an app or therapy.

Stay well!

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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The Homey Vibe of Contemporary Office Design 0

The Homey Vibe of Contemporary Office Design

Trends in interior design affect not just the various rooms in houses and apartments, but in offices as well. The way that people work affects their work environment, so it stands to reason that changes in people’s work methods will result in changes in their office interiors and furnishings.

Perhaps the most conspicuous trend in workplace design and office furnishings is the increasing preference for people to personalize their own workspace and furnishings. Workers today prefer the casual and homey atmosphere similar to how relaxed they feel at home.

Reasons for a Homier Office

So what accounts for these changes? Several reasons have been proposed for this trend:

  • The preference for a more casual vibe in office design is consistent with the current tendency for more casual office wear. For more than a decade now, many new companies have tolerated IT pros and creative who wear jeans and shirts—i.e., the clothes they wear at home.
  • Many workers either worked at home at a second job or as their primary workplace. Now that they’re back at a corporate office, they wish to recreate that familiar atmosphere.
  • People are working longer hours, so it’s extremely crucial that they’re in a comfortable space.
  • Workers wish to express more of their personality in every facet of their lives, and that includes the office. They don’t want to be just one of the worker drones.

What Do Modern Workers Want in a Modern Office?

The answer to this question depends on where the workers are located. For the US workers, here are some details about the balance of work and life that have been uncovered by recent surveys:

  • US workers are more likely to eat lunch at their desks. Consequently, they need larger tables where they can put their food and eat even while working.
  • American office workers also tend to store their workout clothes in their offices. This is a way that makes their schedules flow more efficiently. This is a trend that’s not just predominant in the US, but all over the world.
  • Despite the ubiquity of high tech mobile equipment and digital files, analog office items are still popular. People want their desks to have enough space where they can put their pens, notebooks, stationery, and other similar supplies. About 80% of surveyed workers have this attitude, which explains the enduring popularity of office desks with pen holders and drawers for papers.
  • However, there’s one practice in traditional offices that haven’t changed for modern workplaces. Office workers still want to decorate their workspace with personal mementos. Workers, in general, put up pictures of their family, friends, and even pets wherever they can squeeze these photos in. These pictures just make people feel better, though it can be argued that it’s another aspect of how people want their office to feel like home.
  • Comfort is also another crucial factor. That’s why seating now is more comfortable while offices offer more warmth and cleaner lines. Colors in the office tend to be muted, with only occasional bursts of color here and there.

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Contemporary office design now emphasizes “making a life” instead of merely making a living. The lines between home and work are blurring more than ever before.

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Weekly Roundup: GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis, Embodied Gets $22M for Lifelike Robots 0

Weekly Roundup: GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis, Embodied Gets $22M for Lifelike Robots

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup …

Top Headlines

IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long.

  • iOS 12 will include a new life-saving feature for iPhone customers in the US … read on
  • Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today … read on
  • WeWork is hiring, mentoring, and training 1,500 refugees … read on
  • Google places a $550 million bet on China’s second-largest e-commerce player, JD.com … read on
  • Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times … read on
  • Apple Finally Offers Fixes for Faulty Butterfly Keyboards, Acknowledging the Design Sucks … read on

LA’s Tech & Startups

  • One Year in, Bird Founder Sells Some Shares … read on
  • Embodied Gets $22M For Lifelike Robots … read on
  • SnackNation Acquires Love With Food … read on
  • Truepic raises $8M to expose Deepfakes, verify photos for Reddit … read on
  • Sneaker market GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis and makes a play for women sneaker shoppers … read on
  • Elon Musk Accuses Tesla Employee of Sabotage … read on

Cultural Shouts

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE hits Spotify and Apple Music … read on
  • What You Should Know About Traveling to Japan Now that Airbnb Laws Are Changing … read on
  • Instagram will shame you when you’ve wasted too much time in the app … read on
  • Nekter Juice Bar adds vegan ice cream to its menu … read on
  • California rent control measure makes November ballot … read on

This Weekend

  • The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend … read on
  • LA Beer Week … read on 
  • World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles … read on
  • SHAPE Body Shop 2018 … read on
  • SONY MUSIC listening pool party, Saturday 23rd June at W Hollywood Rooftop … read on

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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Editor-In-Chief
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

System1 Fuses Technology + Science to Identify And Unlock Consumer Intent 0

System1 Fuses Technology + Science to Identify And Unlock Consumer Intent

How do you make your online advertising more effective? That’s a complicated idea, but System1 has a simple answer. For them, it’s about unlocking the data and identifying the consumer intent “beyond the search box.

It’s easy enough to identify what consumers want online when they go on Google. They enter their search terms, and from these terms you can pretty much get what they’re looking for. It’s obvious.

Yet on average a typical Internet user only spends 2% of their time at a search engine website. For the most part, they’re somewhere else when they’re online. Yet during this 98% of the time they’re online, they’re still harboring some unexpressed intent.

System1 has gathered a dream team of engineers and data scientists to finally unlock that unexpressed content. They’ve unlocked this with their pre-targeting algorithms so that they can then begin to fulfill this intent. They use machine-learning and statistical models to find out how consumers will react to a wide range of different situations. In other words, they’ve managed to digitally anticipate how consumers naturally act and behave. With this knowledge, they’re able to then serve consumer intent on a much larger scale.

Since System1 has unlocked the search box intent while the consumer is on the Internet, they can then connect the consumer with the most relevant advertisers from the major PPC networks. Thus, marketers are able to reach consumers past the search box stage. At the same time, consumers finally see more relevant advertising. The ads they see as they’re online are the ones that will actually catch their interest.

So what does this mean for you? If you’re an advertiser, you’ll benefit from System1’s ability to correctly predict consumer demand. They can then match that demand with the targeted advertisers. The research System1 conducts can be remarkably complicated, but the results are simple enough to see. They’re able to make your advertising more effective, and that’s always good for advertising.

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