This app provides users with advice, tips and tools on how to manage anxiety, stress and depression. It allows them to record and monitor their feelings to track their moods over time. The app includes a few relaxation strategies such as listening to audio tracks. To keep the user engaged, the app has a game which offers health and wellbeing tips.
Clear, easily understood language, straightforward to navigate and good quality content underpinned by clinically sound CBT and positive psychology approaches.
The resources are also very good, and include ways to record mood and track it over time, guided relaxations and excellent booklets on anxiety and depression.
The app acknowledges the more severe anxiety disorders.
It is produced by a mental health trust, Dudley and Walsall, in partnership with the NHS.
One of the three guided relaxations was marred by a poor pacing and noisy breathing.
The interactive game was too difficult and could possibly add to stress, and while it had excellent and very visible information about what to do in a mental health crisis and who to contact, this is UK-based information.
Date of this review: November 2016
The following references relate to articles about apps for mental health and wellbeing.
Name: Maureen, Bay of Plenty, November 2016 Score: ★☆☆☆☆ Comments: "I found this app to be average. I liked the relaxation audio section, but found the 'Help' for each segment unhelpful, for example if I was 'depressed', then I am unlikely to be in a state of mind to "think back to times when I have solved similar problems in your life and use the same approach". Leading on from that the same approach may also not be applicable to the current situation."
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Reviewer: Julie O'Brien, Former psychotherapist, November 2016 Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This app is most useful for people experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. It provides users with a better understanding of stress and its relationship to anxiety and depression, as well as useful strategies for managing symptoms." Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comment: "Contact information is UK-based, and not relevant to New Zealand users."
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Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not secure as it does not require a login for use or have password or pin protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Does not reduce device performance using on average 34 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Does not allow any customisation or requires setting to be input every time
Data sharing: No
Multiple device syncing: No
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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