If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911 or visit your local health care centre.
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. Self-regulation and self-care – with the help of an app or otherwise – are useful tools in and can be a helpful part of an overall approach to personal mental wellness. They are not the only tools available and if you need help in-person this is available by accessing one of the programs available in the NWT.
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;
- providing support for substance use recovery;
- having peer support options; and
- offering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that provides 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 free mental health program for Canadians. 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 tool to determine risk and identify relevant resources.
Wellness Together resources include:
- Immediate text support;
- Individual phone, video and text counselling.
- Wellness programs you can do on your own or with coaching;
- Community and peer support for mental health and substance use; and
- Information and videos on common mental health and substance use issues, including understanding depression and managing stress;
Visit Wellness Together Canada here.
Rootd is a panic attack and anxiety relief app, free to all Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Rootd's content is based on clinical research and includes an in-the-moment interactive panic attack tool, a deep-breathing tool, an active visualization tool and soothing nature sounds, plus lessons on understanding and managing panic attacks and anxiety in the short term and long term.
Visit the Rootd website and download the app 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 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 strengthening 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 here, or you can download the BreathingRoom mobile app from the App Store or Google Play, and enter the code XXQTGPUE to gain full access to the program.
7 Cups is an app based on 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, relationship issues, LGBTQ2+ issues, and more. The app also provides a customizable personal growth path.
Online support from a licensed therapist is also available for those aged 18+, at a cost of approximately $33.00/week.
Visit the 7 Cups website here.
EHN Wagon Addictions Virtual Aftercare
A free, abstinence-based, online maintenance program that can be accessed following addictions treatment (facility-based or on-the-land). Individuals can set recovery goals, track their progress, participate in therapeutic groups, access individual counselling, and more.
This aftercare support is flexible, personalized, and backed by science.
Residents can register for the EHN Wagon program by contacting their local counsellor, calling 1-866-926-4196, or booking an aftercare assessment online (the link is external).
A brief assessment may be required to ensure this support meets the recovery needs of everyone.