Tag Archives: apps

Weekly INT Boost – See Ya, San Francisco

Welcome to our roundup of the mental health and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, we have news out of GDC, research on trolling, and thoughts about solo boardgaming. The empathy layer Content warning: article discusses abuse and suicide “The goal for Koko is the same, but distributed across any online community or […]

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Recovr Aims to Improve Mental Health Care Access for Young Black People

Finding the right therapist can sometimes be a challenge. Cost and location are factors, and so is fit. If you’re not comfortable with your therapist and you don’t feel they can understand the issues that you face, it’s can be hard to get what you need out of the experience. Recovr is a U.K. startup […]

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Get Creative With Your Feelings in August’s Habitica Challenge

As we enter into August, it’s time to turn your attention to this month’s official Take This Habitica Challenge: Cast of Characters. This month’s challenge is designed to offer a fun way to process your feelings. Draw your feelings as characters as you experience them — both positive and negative feelings count! Turn them into […]

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How Does Joyable, an Online Program for Social Anxiety, Work? A VICE Reporter Finds Out

Finding an online program that can improve social anxiety might sound like a dream come true, particularly if your anxiety makes it hard to find and work with a therapist face to face. A simple, online solution for social anxiety is what Joyable promises. It’s an online program based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques […]

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Need a smile? There’s an Instagram for pets, and it’s beautiful

Looking at pictures of adorable animals is good for you, or at least for your focus, so if you think about it, taking a few minutes to explore Dokonoko can’t possibly be a waste of time. Dokonoko is an iOS (and soon to be Android) app by Shigesato Itoi, who you may know better from […]

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First Wave of CareKit Apps Includes a Way to Track Your Antidepressant Use

Apple’s CareKit was announced last month as a framework to help developers design apps for people who want to better understand and manage their own health, and who want to share health data with their family members or physicians. Yesterday, the first four CareKit-enhanced apps arrived. They include apps that will help users manage diabetes, […]

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The APA is Looking For Innovations in Mental Health Care Delivery

If you have the perfect idea for improving mental health care delivery, act quickly: the American Psychiatric Association is looking for applications for its inaugural Psychiatry Innovation Lab, and it needs them by Friday. Specifically, the organization is looking for individuals or teams to pitch ideas for innovative ways to improve mental health care delivery, […]

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App Highlight: Forest Can Help You Put Down Your Phone

Smartphones may not cause depression, but depression and anxiety go hand in hand with feeling like you can’t put your phone down. Surprisingly enough, there’s an app for that: Forest. Forest is an app for your phone that rewards you for not using your phone. It’s often recommended as a productivity tool, and it can […]

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Upcoming App Makes Quitting Easier for Smokers with Severe Mental Health Issues

  In 2014, a CDC survey found that about 17 percent of Americans smoke tobacco. For people with schizophrenia, that number is much higher – at least 60 percent according to most studies, and possibly as high as 88 percent. That’s quite the gap. Given those numbers, it’s not surprising that people with schizophrenia are […]

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Remember: Mental Health Apps are Rarely Researched

Mental health apps come in a few flavors. Some are put together by mental health organizations. They don’t tend to be flashy, but they’re designed to complement the rest of your therapeutic regimen. Others are pure entertainment and make no claims otherwise, giving you little self-care or productivity nudges that would make anyone’s life a […]

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