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Mental Health and Wellness apps can make a big difference in your overall wellness, by helping you be more aware of your mood, behaviours, and potential triggers.
They can help you by:
- providing daily reminders to take care of yourself
- teaching and reinforcing healthy ways to manage stress or depressive episodes
- leading you through breathing exercises
- helping with visualization when experiencing anxious episodes and panic attacks
- provide support for substance use recovery
- having peer support options
- offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that give you practical approaches to problem solving.
These apps can also connect you with people who understand and can offer support on-line or by phone. Below is a list of different mental health and wellness aps that are developed by reputable sources; they are owned and operated by third parties but are available to NWT residents. Take a look at the different apps and the services they provide, to see which may be right for you.
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Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada is a new and free mental health program for Canadians that was recently announced by the Prime Minister and the federal Health Minister of Canada. Delivered by Homewood Health, the Kids Help Phone (KHP), and Stepped Care Solutions, the Wellness Together Canada website offers a wide range of mental health services including an optional brief assessment to determine risk and identify resources and tools specifically for the individual wanting support.
Some of the Wellness Together resources include:
- Immediate text support
- Information and videos on common mental health and substance use issues, including understanding depression and managing stress
- Wellness programs you can do on your own or with coachin
- Community and peer support for mental health and substance use
- Individual phone, video, and text counselling
To visit the Wellness Together Canada website and access these services, click here.
Root’d is an app available in both French and English that is being offered free to all Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Rootd's therapist-approved content is based on clinical research (CBT) and includes lessons on understanding and managing panic attacks and anxiety in the short term and long term, an in-the-moment interactive panic attack tool, a deep breathing tool, an active visualization tool and soothing nature sounds.
To visit the Rootd website and download the app, click here.
Stronger Minds (MindBeacon)
This is a free program launched for Canadians as an ongoing support for people struggling with the stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19. It is an ongoing program delivered by clinical experts, offering guidance and information on a wide span of topics related to living and mental health.
For more information on Stronger Minds and other offered services, click here.
BreathingRoom was created for youth aged 13-24. It is an evidence-based eMental health option that supports youth and young adults in learning new ways to manage stress, depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as strengthen their existing coping skills.
BreathingRoom was developed with input from over 100 young people. It is a self-directed program designed to be taken over 8 weeks for 20-30 minutes per day. However, as it is self-directed, youth can complete the program at their own pace.
Youth can register online by clicking here or you can download the BreathingRoom mobile app from the App Store and Google Play and enter the code XXQTGPUE to gain full access to the program.
7 Cups is an app based in peer-support and self-help and is available to youth (13-17) and adults of all ages. Trained volunteer listeners are available 24/7 to provide anonymous and free support through online chat. Individuals can access chat rooms and forums for a variety of life challenges including depression, anxiety, relationships, LGBTQ2+, and more. The app also provides a customizable personal growth path.
An added option for support through 7 Cups is online support from a licensed therapist. This option is available for those aged 18+ at a cost of approximately $33.00/week.
To visit the 7 Cups website and access this service, click here.
The WAGON Aftercare recovery app through Edgewood is currently available only for NWT residents who have graduated from their facility-based addictions recovery program. This app is available for a period of 1 year and is set up with facility staff before the individual leaves the program.
WAGON is a digital recovery plan that is individualized for each unique user and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Individuals spend a few minutes daily logging their goals, feelings, triggers, and more. Wagon aims to help individuals create balanced lifestyles that promote happiness, wellness and healthy relationships.
To visit the WAGON Aftercare website and access this service, click here.