The app has ideas and tools to help you learn how to be well and stay well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It helps you deal with common stressors (such as poor sleep, anxiety and stress).
During the app setup you are asked to set your intent – what you would like to improve.
To help you achieve this, it has a variety of tools including the following:
a worry map, in which you describe your worry, create a plan of action and let go of the worry
breath training to improve your body's stress response
be kind, an interactive feature where you spin a wheel of kindness, select an action (such as smile at a stranger) and commit to doing it
a mood tracker, which is a diary feature to track your mood and the reasons you feel that way
a personality quiz where you can find out a bit more about yourself.
The app also has a variety of videos, articles, audios, etc. For the complete app description, go to the App website, Google Play and the App Store , or for a more detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Relatively easy to use.
✔ Pop up daily reminders with helpful hints and motivators.
✔ Created by psychologists and behaviour-change specialists.
✔Life-ring for moments of crisis.
✔ Ability to keep track of your mood.
✔ Encourages reflection about what contributes to changes in mood.
✔ Practical behavioural strategies that are achievable for most are helpful.
✔ Some helpful topical information and links to COVID-19.
✔ A variety of topics available to search.
✘ Worry map is general and a bit simplistic. More options to select from would reflect the diversity of people’s experience.
✘ Personalty quiz doesn’t add to the app and may feel like a necessary chore in order to access information.
✘ App offers guided help but there is not enough of it.
✘ More structured activities and questionnaires in the Training component would be helpful.
✘ Some good information is buried in the “Explore” tab and could be better categorised.
✘ Breathing to count of 5 may be difficult for someone who is anxious - more options for pacing and a longer exhale would be helpful.
Date of review: April 2020 Platform reviewed: Android Version: 0.9.0 Download size: 18.81 MB Updated: 7 April 2020
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Last reviewed: 14 Apr 2020
Reviewer: Ashley Macpherson, Clinical Psychologist, Still Mind Clinical Psychology Date of review: April 2020 Comments:The Mentemia app aims to support and improve wellbeing by monitoring mood. It is most useful for people who are well but a little off balance during these COVID times and people who feel that they are “not their normal selves” and are looking for some direction and structure to get back on track. I don’t think this is that helpful for anyone who is depressed or anxious as there is just too much other content on it. Users may get to know what impacts how they feel and learn some skills to focus their attention elsewhere. On the “About Page”, “We’ve all got mental health – how’s yours?” This statement is confusing and doesn’t make sense as it is ambiguous as to whether “mental health” is a good or bad thing. Also the App seems to mostly be about mental wellbeing and this to some people is a completely different thing. It would make more sense to make the title “Mental Wellbeing – How’s yours?”.
Overall, the information on offer is helpful and is well laid out and easy to access on the internet but the functionality of the app isn’t as good.
The COVID-19 information is helpful but I’m not sure what the “personality quiz” adds to the app. People may be feeling different emotions on different days and may not find being categorised that helpful.
It isn’t clear who the target audience is – John Kirwan may appeal to men but Jazz and Possum are probably not going to appeal to many people older than 30. Depending on who the latest speaker is may determine how connected the user feels about how useful the app is.
The app sells itself as “science and psychologist informed” but the people talking have “lived experience” and maybe this should be mentioned as this is also valuable and prepares the user for who they will be listening to.
The “Try this” category has some good ideas but if someone is feeling stressed they may not engage with some of the titles.
Mentemia has some useful ideas but there are other apps out there that have more functionality and are more targeted to specific demographics or issues (such as Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind etc.)
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP Date of review: April 2020 Comments:This mental wellbeing app has the following features: a personality quiz, a “wheel of kindness” which generates ideas for showing kindness to others, a “worry map” which is an action plan section, guided breathing, and the explore feature which has helpful articles some of which have a COVID-19 focus. The app is very well polished but is missing some features common to apps of this type like guided audio meditations, a module-based CBT course, and mental health screening questionnaires. I am not quite clear on the value of the personality quiz, but it might be interesting for users.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Auckland Date of review: June 2020 Comments: New Zealand local content. Easy to understand information. Things that I could apply to my life immediately.