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, by teaching and reinforcing healthy ways to manage stress or depressive episodes, or by leading you through breathing exercises or helping with visualization when experiencing anxious episodes and panic attacks. Some of these apps also provide support for substance use recover, have peer support options, and offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that give you practical approaches to problem solving.
These aps 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 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 resources include:
- Mindwell - 30 day mindfulness challenge
- TAO (Therapist Assistance Online)
- Homewood Health (3 eCourses: Taking control of mood, Taking control of stress, resilience)
- KHP (3 Tools: Deep Breathing, Tension Release, and Letters of Support)
- Big White Wall
- SFI - I Can program (reduce anxiety)
Individual counselling sessions are also available for adults and youth through both telephone and text.
Click here to visit the Wellness Together Canada website and access these services: https://ca.portal.gs/
Root’d is an app 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. It is 100% Canadian owned and developed, available in both French and English, and officially launched in 2019.
Rootd is the #1 ranked mobile app for panic attack & anxiety relief on both iOS and Google Play, has over 270,000 downloads in over 100 countries, and frequently makes lists as a top anxiety app (in Healthline, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan Magazine among others). This month Rootd is featured as one of only 6 recommended apps in Time Magazine's edition on Anxiety: The Age of Anxiety. Most importantly, Rootd's user reviews consistently state that it has multiple differentiators that are integral in managing current stress related to COVID-19.
Click here to visit the Rootd website and download the app: https://www.rootd.io/
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.
Click here to visit the 7 Cups website and access this service: https://www.7cups.com/
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, as guidance and information for all.
Click here to visit the Stronger Minds website and access this service: https://www.mindbeacon.com/strongerminds
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.
Click here to visit the WAGON Aftercare website and access this service: https://onthewagon.ca/