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The apps described below have all been tested and reviewed by the Hailsham Early Intervention Service App group.

 

This app claims to offer a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world. It allows individuals to reflect on there well being, set activities to help improve wellbeing and track your personal progress.

Review:  2/5

Positives

  • Links you up with professionals
  • Clear information
  • Categories focus strongly on wellbeing
  • Set quotes

Negatives

  • Unappealing design
  • Difficult to set a task/activity
  • Intrusive
  • Not interactive
  • A reminder is not enough!

Wellhappy is a free health app for young people aged 12-25 in London. It allows you to search for over a thousand local support services including mental health, sexual health and substance misuse services.

Review: 2/5

Positives

  • Android and IOS
  • Free
  • Pictures
  • Colourful/bold start up      

Negatives

  • Glorified Leaflet
  • Too much information and not clear
  • Racist
  • Some strange/inappropriate pictures
  • Boring

 

MoodPanda helps you track how you're feeling, with personal analysis, visualisations and interpretations of your mood, and a lovely, friendly and anonymous community of people there to support you if you need them.

Review: 3/5

Positive

  • Nice Visualisation
  • Like the panda - more personable with a panda
  • Social Network
  • National mood graph
  • Supportive community

Negatives

Coming soon

Self Help and Anxiety Management (SAM)

SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.

Rating 4/5

Positives

+ FREE!

+ Visual, engaging and helpful activities

+ Iphone and android

+ Very interactive and customisable

+ LOTS of info on anxiety and support

+ Different levels of exercises

+ Practical, clever and stimulating activities

 

Negatives

- Too many options on the main menu make it unclear where to go.

- Limited to anxiety

Additional Comments

Well broken down into social, interactive and personal areas. The tasks are very tactile and helpful for creating calm and distract the mind from anxieties in a smart and thoughtful (yet simple) way. Certainly more app than glorified leaflet or mood diary.

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Actiity Jackpot (PAJ) uses a behavioural therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience. This app features augmented reality technology to help users find nearby enjoyable activities and makes activity suggestions with local options and the ability to invite friends.

Rating 1/5

Positive

+ Funny

+ FREE!

+ Lighthearted...

+ ‘Fun’?

+ Interesting take on the ‘app’, a different way to select/suggest activities.

Negative

- Possibly patronizing.

- Hit and miss.

- Only on android.

- Novelty soon wears off.

- Takes decision making out of your hands - irresponsibly.

 

Additional Comments

It’s function is at first a innocent, engaging and tactile. Could be a risk for impulse, where suggestions should be avoided. There is no way to exclude certain suggestions. The imagery and design is ‘gambling-centric’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panic Attack Aid is a  new application designed to bring instant calming relief to panic attack sufferers.

Rating 0/5

Positive

+ FREE!

+ Iphone and android

Negatives

- Not interactive at all

- Not engaging

- Juvenile

- Unimaginative

- Boring

- Poor execution

Additional Information

Refers to GP, which could either be taken as (admittedly a low form of) signposting, or not helping with your problem, as the app poses as an ‘aid’ and fails to do that. Shouldn’t be an app, would make a terrible leaflet let alone app. Don’t bother.

 

 

 

 

 

The My Journey app is designed to help you keep track of how you’re feeling. By working through the set questions with an easy-to-use rating wheel, My Journey can help you make informed choices about what to do to improve your mental health.

Rating 3/5

Positive

+ Rating system which makes it more personable.

+ FREE!

+ Says it was developed by former EIP service user

+ Ratings eventually lead on to care plan

+ Library of definitions

+ Jargon busting

+ Page for appointment reminders

+ a lot of functions and features

Negative

- Only on Android

- Same advice and tips came up on each question.

- Doesn’t have the ability to record your answers on a  day-to-day basis

- Features are squeezed in and look very small

Additional comments

Repetitive tips come across as unintuitive and lacks

depth. Seems built for more tablet sized screens.

 

 

 

MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.

Rating 3/5

Positive

+ Helpful information on anxiety.

+ FREE!

+ Simple, easy mindfulness exercises.

+ ‘Chill out tools’ are useful.

+ Apple and Android.

+ Tackles ideas around dealing with conflict.

+ Helpful and suggestive.

+ Password optional.

+ Customisable.

Negative

- Seems incomplete on iphone.

- Hard to navigate.

- Confusing menus.

- American voices….?

- Wastes iphone user’s time.

Additional Comments

Apple and Android compatible yet the Iphone version is practically unusable – Only a few features work unfortunately.

You can add your own situations and strategies to cope with them

 

 

 

 

Medisafe helps you take your medicine on time and safely. It also allows you to help your family members with their pills.

Rating 4/5

Positives

+ Reminds to take medication

+ FREE!

+ Incorporates privacy settings

+ Functions well in reminding you or someone of your choice

+ Visual medication library

+ Simple

+ User friendly

+ Accesible

+ Iphone and android

+ Plenty of options

Negatives

- Could have more information

- Could have function on reducing medication

Additional comments

Does what it intends to do, a reminder to take your medication, executes this function as thoroughly as an app could without going into the emotional conflict some feel about taking medication.

 

 

 

 

 

In Hand is a simple tool to help you know where your at and bring back the balance.

Rating 3/5

Positives

+ Can be personalized

+ Colourful

+ Simple Instant suggestions

+ FREE!

+ Apple and Android

+ Well designed, looks great

+ Good quotes

+ Many funny photos

Negatives

- Not enough information

- No links

- Too positive

- Not useful in the “awful” section,

- Beyond alluring design, it is one dimensional

Additional comments

Seems a little ‘style over substance’. Comes across as more celebratory and solidifying for wellness, than intervening  and helping with problems or preventing them.

 

 

The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma.

Rating 4/5

Positives

+ Audio

+ Both android and apple (IOS)

+ Visually engaging

+ Corporate

+ Support network option

+ Syncs contacts into diaries

+ In depth – lots of info

+ Assess yourself with targeted questions

+ Produces a graph to demonstrate outcome of mood

+ Lots of support websites

+ Mood tracker

+ Niche

+ Lots of content.

 

The Depression Calculator

Rating 1/5

Positives

+ FREE!

+ Visual

+ Good idea to help understand depression & to what degree.

+ Fairly self explanatory

Negatives

- Lame name

- Not android

- Unsatisfactory survey

- BORING       

- Only one helpful link

- Not endearing nor impressive.

Additional comments

Refers to GP, which could either be taken as (admittedly a low form of) signposting, or not helping with your problem.Perhaps a bit patronising and trivialises something serious, on the name alone.

 

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