|In the newly launched Salford app library, they found that mental health remains the top priority for most users / Photo by: Max Pixel|
In the newly launched Salford app library, they found that mental health remains the top priority for most users, as they found that “apps supporting people with anxiety, stress, eating disorders, sleeping problems, depression, and other mental health problems are the most frequently downloaded.”
Digital Health reports that this surge of people looking for apps specifically for their mental health is the desire of medical professionals, too, since it also helps patients come to terms with the state of their own mental health.
As stated by a consultant clinical psychologist, Dr. Jessica Dean, these apps are a good way to help patients be more able to manage their thoughts and feelings. But like any kind of invention, if the apps are not scrutinized, they can still cause more harm than good to the people struggling.
She said, “There can, however, be dangers associated with using apps that haven’t been well scrutinized, particularly in the area of mental health.
“The information and advice we provide to patients (be it an app or verbal advice) is quite powerful, especially when people are feeling emotionally vulnerable, so making sure that the apps we recommend are of good quality is therefore very important.”
Research in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship actually even recommends fitness apps to patients with cancer, as this will help them improve quality of life. Add that to the fact that physical exercise is also something that is generally suggested in people recovering from cancer.
For people who generally just struggle with their mental health, Punter Southall Health and Protection released the Havensrock Thrive app, which will help users “monitor their mood daily and record reasons for changes in their mood.” Sourcing from the gathered responses, the app can also chip in with suggestions of its own to abate attacks or help reduce anxiety or depression through activities.