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Mental Health Toolbox

Distress stemming from situational problems, immediate crises, and longstanding mental health concerns can make everyone feel scared and isolated. We even feel helpless when we see friends or loved ones experience mental health problems too. In order to help empower you and those around you, we here at Clark University Center for Counseling and Personal Growth have put together a Mental Health Toolbox to meet those overwhelming needs. We hope that this library of resources can be used in conjunction with your therapy or simply to gain some relief, direction and self-help.

We also seek to benefit from the wisdom of Clark students. If you have found a website, app, video or national organization that you found particularly helpful, we would like to know. Please send any ideas to CPG Director, Megan Kersting, at mkersting@clarku.edu.

Resources

Anxiety and Stress Reduction

  • Headspace :  One of the most popular mobile meditation apps.  Offers numerous guided meditations and is great for beginners.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Limited version is free.  Unlimited version is $12.99/month
  • Calm:  One of the best mindfulness and meditation apps available.  Has a teaching component that is great for beginners to meditation.  Also offers sleep stories and daily guided meditation practices.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Limited version is free.  Premium version is $12.99/month
  • Meditation Studio:  A collection of over 200 guided meditations for various situations in your life.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Limited version is free.  Premium only available on iOS ($7.99/mo).  Android $3.99/mo
  • Breathe2Relax:  Great with stress management by helping you learn how to perform and use diaphragmatic breathing techniques.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Anxiety Coach:  Designed by folks from the Mayo Clinic, this app helps you learn to reduce anxiety and social anxiety with exercises based on exposure training.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $4.99
  • SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management):  Provides tools to track your anxiety, techniques to manage anxiety and you can access social support from fellow anxiety sufferers.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Tactical Breather:  Teaches you how to control your breathing, emotions, concentration and related physiological responses during stressful situations.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Mindshift :  Designed to provide you with tools for managing various types of anxiety, including test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Stop Panic and Anxiety Self-Help :  Reminds you of your strengths and ability to cope when panic is triggered.  Works with a diary as well as audio and reading content to help you learn cognitive-behavioral techniques to help shut down panic attacks.  [Android only].  Cost:  Free

Depression and Mood Tracking

  • Sanvello (formerly Pacifica) :  Helps with stress, anxiety and depression by offering daily mood tracking, guided journeys, coping, progress assessments, and connects you to a peer community.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Limited version is Free.  Premium version is $8.99/month
  • Moodpath:  Screens for symptoms of depression and aims to increase your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Daylio Mood Tracker:  Uses a minimalistic approach through emojis, it measures your mood to see what influences your life the most.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Limited version is free.  Premium version is $4.99
  • Depression CBT Self-Help Guide:  Helps you learn to manage stress and engage in self-care behaviors to help you improve your symptoms.  Has a screening, audios, articles, and a cognitive diary.   [Android only].  Cost:  Free
  • What’s My M3:  Take a three minute test for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.  This will help you and your therapist understand if you have a treatable mood disorder, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or PTSD. You can monitor your score to see how your mental health changes over time.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free

Suicide Prevention

  • Virtual Hope Box:  An app to help those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.  Uses things that remind individuals of positive experiences, reasons for living, people who care about them, and coping resources.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • A Friend Asks:  Provides information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • ReliefLink:  Includes mood and behavior monitoring and tracking, safety planning, medication and appointment reminders, a help center map locator, built-in coping tools and an emergency button.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Suicide Safety Plan:  Helps develop a customizable plan to help guide you through difficult moments. [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free

Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Circle of 6:  A violence prevention app that allows users to connect with selected friends to stay safe by sharing location and how they can help.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • myPlan:  Helps you or someone you care about in an unsafe intimate relationship identify, navigate and get resources.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free

PTSD and Trauma

  • PTSD Coach:  Provides users with education about PTSD,  information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free

Sleep

  • Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock:  This app tracks your sleep cycle from your nightstand and gives detailed information on how you can improve your sleeping habits.  Also has great alarm to wake you up gently.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $29/year
  • Sleep Machine:  Provides ambient sounds that you can mix together.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Lite version is free.  Full version is $2.99
  • Pzizz:  Uses a combination of a soothing voice with binaural tones to influence your brainwave activity and help you get to sleep.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free.  Premium version $10/month.

Self-Harm Prevention

  • Calm Harm:  Helps urges to self-harm by using the activities of comfort, distract, express yourself, release and breathe.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Simple DBT & Diary Card:  Helps you manage overwhelming emotions, break destructive impulsive behaviors, navigate relationships and cultivate mindfulness by teaching you skills.  [iOS only].  Cost:  $3.99

Eating Disorders / Body Image

  • Recovery Record:  Individuals can enter a code so their clinician can monitor data entered between visits.  You can keep a record of meals, thoughts and feelings as well as customize meal plans, coping tactics and recovery goals.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Rise Up and Recover:  Log your meals, emotions and behaviors, set custom reminders to keep you moving forward. [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Eat Right Now:  To help those who struggle with binge eating, provides video lessons on mindful eating, stress tests and cravings meter, recommendations and journaling.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $24/month

Time Management and Procrastination

  • Todoist:  Highly rated to-do list app.  Organizes your tasks into 3 tabs (Today, Next 7 Days, Inbox).  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free trial 30 days; $29/year
  • Unstuck:  Walks you through a “stuck” moment and helps you move forward.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Procraster:  This app helps you figure out why you’re procrastinating and helps you fix it.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $1.99
  • Time Out – Break Reminders:  When using a computer for hours on end, this program gently reminds you to take a break on a regular basis.  [Mac, Windows, iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Freedom:  Helps you control distractions by blocking distracting websites and apps.  [Mac, Windows, iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free trial.  Premium plan is $29/year
  • RescueTime:  Tracks time spent on applications and websites and gives you detailed reports based on your activity.  [Mac, Windows, iOS and Android].  Cost:  RescueTime Lite is free.  Premium is $9/month

Addiction

  • Quit Cannabis:  Tells you information to show you the health benefits that occur within your body and mind when detoxing from cannabis.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free
  • Stop Drinking:  Uses relaxation, hypnotherapy, positive suggestions and visualization to help you gain sobriety.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $2.99
  • MyQuit Coach:  Creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking.  Choose the approach that works best (cold turkey or slowing decreasing nicotine intake) and track cigarette consumption and cravings for proof that you’re making progress.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  Free with in-app purchases
  • Recoverybox Addiction Recovery:  Keeps you accountable for your actions in recovery.  You can customize treatment goals and log daily activities.  [iOS and Android].  Cost:  $2.00
Contact Information

Center for Counseling & Personal Growth

Office Location
  • 114 Woodland Street,
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7678
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from noon-1 p.m.)