Apps delivering self-help strategies
There are a lot of apps that offer self-help strategies. Whether it’s meditation guidance or a digital to-do list, it’s important to understand what kind of self-help you want. Are you looking for an app that helps you get in touch with how you’re feeling and learn how to navigate your emotions? Or do you want to track things like your relationship with sleep, food or exercise? or perhaps you want a habit tracker to encourage you to do everyday tasks such as brush your teeth or an app that helps you resist self-harming. There's are also apps that combine their purpose to help you relax, manage your worries and improve your overall wellbeing?
Most apps are tagged with keywords, so a good approach might be to write down what you need and search your phone or tablet’s app store for relevant phrases like ‘mood tracker’ or ‘food diary.’ You can try out different apps and see what works well for you – you might not find the right one straight away.
What young people have told us:
'I found these sort of apps helpful in term of tracking my mood and identifying at what times of the day my mood is at the lowest. However i didn't find it useful in terms of how to combat this low mood.'
'I would say to make sure you find an app that is right for you. There are literally hundreds of these apps and websites. You will have to try a few before you find a good app.'
There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.
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