8 of the Best Mental Health Apps and Podcasts to Download Now

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A recent report by Khaleej Times found that, according to the World Health Organisation, the UAE has the highest regional level of depression, at 5.1 percent of the population. The country also ranks high for anxiety, with 4.1 percent of people admitting to a problem.

With rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide on the rise, it’s never been more important to talk about mental health issues and to ensure we’re all taking the time to check in with ourselves and address struggles. So, to help you understand and prioritize your mental health, we’ve gathered some helpful tools for everyday mental wellness.

App: Headspace

A highly successful app providing on-the-move meditation sessions, Headspace comes with a series of themed programs focusing specifically on stress, sleep, focus, anxiety, and more. You don’t need an app to meditate, but with regular reminders and guided audio walk-throughs, it sure does make it a lot easier.

Podcast: MHF Podcasts

With more than 70 years of experience, the Mental Health Foundation knows a thing or two about wellbeing – and it has condensed its wisdom into 16 free podcasts covering everything from breathing exercises to stress management tips and mindfulness.

App: Calm Harm

Designed by a clinical psychologist to help allay self-harm, Calm Harm uses six activities – comfort, distract, express yourself, release, random, and breathe – to contain self-destructive thoughts.”The urge to self-harm is like a wave,” the app says. “When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.”

Click here to download.

App: Moodtools

A jack-of-all-trades depression app that laid down a new template for mental health help when it debuted in 2014, Moodtools comes with a safety planner, a thought diary, an activities log, and reams of educational information. Where appropriate, check out sister apps Fear Tools, intended to tackle anxiety and phobias, and Panic Shields, which helps users deal with panic attacks.

Click here to download it.

Podcast: Mentally Yours

A popular pod hosted by two Metro journalists, Mentally Yours features ultra-honest discussions with a wide variety of guests on topics ranging from postnatal depression and grief to government mental health policies.

Podcast: The Hilarious World of Depression

Different people deal with their demons in different ways and, for some, one of the best antidotes is laughter. This podcast tackles many of life’s toughest issues with a light, irreverent touch as host John Moe chats with a slew of comedians about their experiences with clinical depression. Just entering its fourth series, this podcast is frank, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at once.

App: Daylio

A free app that helps you keep tabs on your mental wellbeing, Daylio describes itself as a mood tracker and micro diary, with ranking systems, charts, and an activity counter to paint an overarching picture of your state of mind. You can customize the names of different moods and, hopefully, identify patterns of behavior, be they good or bad.

Click here to download it.

App: Stay Alive

As its name implies, this app was specifically designed for suicide prevention and comes recommended by leading mental health charity Mind. Appropriate for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and those close to them, resources include a safety planner, customizable reasons for living, advice on how to handle overwhelming emotions, and direct links to crisis resources.

Click here to download it.