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There’s an App for That

Mental health treatment is something that not everyone can access and modern technology is changing that. Since one in five people experience mental health issues, not having available treatments can really hinder one’s life. As mental health is becoming destigmatized, more apps are being made available to the public. I set out on my own mental health quest and took it upon myself to experience the top three free mental health apps on the market. Medical News Today listed the top three as “Calm,” “Headspace” and “Moodpath.”

“Calm” is a meditation app. Though it does not necessarily help you using therapeutic techniques, meditation is proven to help people who are experiencing mental illness. “Headspace” is an app that was created to help you become more positive and mindful of how you’re feeling on a daily basis. “Moodpath” is supposed to be a mental health companion that asks you daily if you’re feeling okay and will generate a report of your mental health that you can take to a doctor. I will be using these apps for the remainder of the summer, all in their own two week intervals. 

Before going fully in depth, where I am in my life creates a big impact on the helpfulness of the app so I will write about my current life situation and add any large stressors. I am diagnosed with anxiety so I hope to benefit from these apps. Follow me as I go through my mental health journey! Each experience will be posted every 20 days!

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Brooke Crockett is a third year student at the Ohio State University with an anticipated graduation of May 2020. She is majoring in Strategic Communication and double-minoring in Professional Writing and Nonprofit Studies. She is the current marketing/PR intern for NAMI Greater Toledo.