We’re virtually here to help!
Sometimes it is okay to pick your phone up and use it to help. True, the last post was about turning off your phone, but there are many apps designed to promote improved mental health and general well-being. Many available games have nothing to do with illnesses. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a number of apps to help anyone with a smartphone and a desire to improve their mental health through practice and introspection, including Moodnotes, stoic, Woebot and Reflect.
The Department of Veterans Affairs also offers a variety of mental health apps, including CBT-i Coach, ACT Coach, CPT Coach, PTSD Coach, PTSD Family Coach, Mood Coach, Mindfulness Coach and a variety of others designed for use by veterans and non-veterans alike.
Any time you feel overwhelmed by news or social media, or you’ve reached a pre-determined time limit you set for yourself to take a break from them, these apps are there with the intention of helping. A break from your phone doesn’t necessarily have to be a break up!
Of course, you can always check with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov with questions and helpful information during this time. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or text CONNECT to 741741, or online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.