During coronavirus many Australians are experiencing worry, stress, depression and anxiety. But there are multiple free online tools that can help, even if you are simply looking to boost your mental health and wellbeing during this time.
Finding a good digital mental health tool
Many digital mental health tools are available, however, the majority of them are not supported by research. To ensure it has been shown to improve mental health through evidence-based research and is effective while suiting your needs, here are some tips:
- Look beyond app ratings – High star-ratings or download numbers might indicate popularity, but this doesn’t equate to quality.
- Who developed the app – Are they experienced and reputable in mental health? Have they developed any other apps?
- Look for evidence – Try to determine evidence exists that the app is effective in achieving its goal? Even if apps have minimal research supporting their use, scientific evidence should determine their core principals.
Apps for building positive mental health and wellbeing
Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being). Custom scales can also be built. Users rate their moods by swiping a small bar to the left or to the right. The ratings are displayed on graphs to help users track their moods over time. Notes can be recorded to document daily events, medication changes and treatments that may be associated with mood changes, providing accurate information to help health care providers make treatment decisions.
Practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device. Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. We suggest 10 minutes a day.
Mindfulness for your everyday life. Stress less. Move more. Sleep soundly.
Buddhify is the only meditation app designed to fit into a busy modern lifestyle. Known for its beauty and incredible value for money, it is loved and used around the world.
Colouring therapy for adults now on your mobile. The secret against anxiety. Let the colours fill your mind in a relaxing painting experience. Time flies by and problems fade away while you chill out and have fun
Operation Life for veterans.
The Operation Life app is designed for serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members. It helps you manage suicidal thoughts with self-help tools, emergency contacts and information on suicide risk factors. The app is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician, and is free.