Resources for Parents

Apps for Parents

Being a parent comes with its challenges, so why not have a little bit of support in your back pocket to help you manage the stressful days?

You probably already use apps a lot throughout your day: to get news and entertainment, to connect and share things with friends and family, even to help you get from place to place. But you may not be aware that there are thousands of apps out there that can help you manage and improve your mental health and wellness. Learn more about mental health apps and how they can help here. 

Below is a selection of apps reviewed by One Mind PsyberGuide, a non-profit project that reviews mental health apps and provides advice and guidance to people interested in using technology to support their wellbeing. 

These apps are designed to help you manage stress and anxiety, and to stay on top of your overall wellness. All of these apps are free to download on the Google Play and iTunes App Stores.

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Headspace

Headspace is a mindfulness meditation app that teaches skills to help you live more mindfully or “in the moment”. In addition to mindfulness tracks, the app has content to help with focus, exercise and movement, and sleep. You can complete a 10-session free trial before deciding to purchase a subscription that provides access to a wide variety of sessions and programs.

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Woebot 

Woebot is a chatbot that helps guide you through managing your thoughts and feelings with principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The app invites users to communicate with Woebot, a cute Robot persona, through messaging in the app.

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MoodMission

MoodMission aims to help people experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression. The app provides different activities, or “missions”, based on how you are feeling. Missions can be behavior-based (e.g. learn how to knit, crochet, or sew), physical-based (e.g. push ups), thought-based (e.g. decatastrophize), or emotion-based (e.g. breath and emotions meditation).

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Shine

Shine is a mindfulness meditation app where you can listen to guided meditations to help with stress and anxiety. The app has content designed for communities of color and for communities who have traditionally been under- or inappropriately served. The app contains care plans, or “shine talks”, which contain audio tracks, inspirational images, and relevant resources and articles.

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Sanvello

Sanvello uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help with anxiety, depression, or stress. You can track your progress over time, get personalized activities and exercises, listen to meditation tracks, and set yourself challenges in areas you’d like to work on (e.g. social skills, building confidence). On the community message board, you can also chat with other users. This app is also available in Spanish.

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Daylio

Daylio helps you track how they are feeling each day, as well as activities they did and any other notes about their day. This can help you look back over time, reflect on how you’re doing, and identify triggers or things that help you feel better.

To read app reviews and find more mental health apps, visit the One Mind PsyberGuide App Guide.

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