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THE BEST MENTAL HEALTH APPS 2017

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Looking after your mental health has never been more important.

According to mental health charity Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

Their data shows that 3.3 in every 100 people in England suffers from depression, with 6 in 100 reporting an anxiety disorder.

To help you take control of your mental health, we've found eight brilliant mental health apps you can use to manage problems such as stress, anxiety and depression.

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Relax Melodies

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"Sleep problems? Insomnia? Personalized white noise, sleep sounds and meditation can help you fall asleep!"

Relax Melodies lets you become your own personal sleep DJ. You can choose from over 50 sounds, melodies and white noises to create a restful ambience for your room.

These sounds are combined with short meditation programmes that will help you achieve your sleep goals.

In-app purchases will give you a wider choice of sounds to play with.

Helps with: Insomnia 

What's Up?

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"What's Up? is a fantastic free app to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and more!"

What's Up? helps you get a handle on your negative emotions and put them in perspective using simple CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) techniques.

You'll find inspirational quotes, breathing exercises and coping strategies for common feelings.

The app encourages you to chart your feelings in a diary so you can keep track of how you're feeling.

Helps with: Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress 

Stress & Anxiety Companion

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"Gives you the tools you need to manage anxious feelings and identify their triggers so they won’t trip you up in the future."

The Stress & Anxiety Companion asks you to accept the fact that you can't control everything that happens, but reminds you that it's possible to react in a positive way.

By identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones, you'll be able to face any challenge. 

The app's breathing exercises and brain training games will help manage your worries effectively.

Helps with: Stress, Anxiety 

Breathe2Relax

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"A portable stress management tool which helps users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing."

As it's name suggests, Breathe2Relax teaches you all about how to manage your response to stress with deep breathing exercises.

Specifically, it teaches you a recognised technique called diaphragmatic breathing that will help control your body's 'fight or flight' response to stressful situations.

You can also learn about what stress does to your body and how dealing with it can help your overall health.

 Helps with: Stress, Anxiety, Anger

Catch It

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"Catch It is a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, to help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary."

Created by experts from two leading universities, Catch It is essentially a diary of your negative thoughts and feelings.

Each time you record a thought, the app will ask you to consider the problem from a different point of view and encourage you to change your approach the next time you're in a similar situation.

Helps with: Stress, Depression

Secret Of Happiness

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"Take the 30 day challenge and discover the secret of happiness."

The Secret of Happiness app could hardly be any simpler.

All you have to do is start each day by writing down three things you're thankful for and end by writing down one that happened that's made you happy.

Repeat for 30 days and according to the app, when you look back through your journey, you'll feel much more positive.

Helps with: Depression 

WhatsMyM3

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"Based on a research-validated screen that in 3 minutes assesses your risk of depression, bipolar, anxiety and PTSD."

The creators of WhatsMyM3 saw that there are plenty of numbers out there that can explain your physical health, such as BMI, heart rate and cholesterol level.

What they've done is place a number on your mental health too, scoring you based on a series of questions about how you're feeling.

You'll be able to track your progress over time and highlight potential areas of concern before they become a problem.

Helps with: Depression, Anxiety 

Cove

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"Create Music. Capture your mood. Express how you feel."

Music is a great outlet for your feelings. While many of us channel this through the choice songs we listen to, Cove allows you to create the sort of music that sums up your inner thoughts.

You can combine sounds from 20 musical instruments to create your own piece of mood music.

There are no right or wrong answers with this one, so you're free to be as creative as you like!

Helps with: Depression

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