Infectious Disease,  Mental Health Awareness

Lockdown: Chat powered Mental Health Platforms

Ever heard the saying “I’m in therapy cause my family refuses to go for it”. Well, family is a major contributor to our emotional and mental health stress, especially during lockdown. However, reaching out to a mental health professional for a session may be difficult due to the lack of privacy and thin walls in our Indian homes. We’ve put together a few mental health services that are only via chat that can help you navigate your emotional health during these uncertain times. Let’s begin with our homegrown apps

1. Wysa

Wysa is an AI powered chatbot that knows what to say and when to say it. The app includes a mood tracker, mindfulness coach, anxiety helper and a mood-boosting buddy. But above everything else, it’s place where you can go to express the uncertainty you may experience and gain some clarity.

2. YourDost

This service makes speaking to someone with unconditional acceptance a whole lot easier! They have a huge support team working from across the country. Their features include a message, chat or booking an appointment with an expert. Their experts include trained mental health professionals thus ensuring you get some informed recommendations on managing your emotional health.

3. Joyable

Joyable is a USA based App that works on you completing a short assessment and then individual motivational coaching by a professional. The app has a lot of exercises that can keep your mind engaged and defused from negative thought patterns. The activities encouraged are bite sized and can easily be implemented at home.

4. SAM

SAM is a completely free app with useful strategies to manage anxiety. They have really helpful features that focus on psycho-education and CBT. The features I found useful Causes for anxiety, monitor anxious thought, self-help exercises and private reflection. Social cloud – you can share your experiences but protects your identity

5. Happify

Happify is a wellbeing app that uses CBT and Mindfulness techniques to calm our thoughts and disengage from negative ones. The app has a free COVID-19 section where you can practicise breaking maladaptive thought patterns, focusing on the silver lining and visual relaxation techniques.
While there are a few mental health apps out there these are a good balance of meditation, self-reflection, and negative thought breaking techniques. Saying that if anyone has benefited from using another mental health app please leave it in the comments of our post – it will benefit out other readers.
Lastly, if you or your friend needs any support during these times please feel free to reach out to us at The Thought Co. we will do the best we can to assist you.

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