mental health, anxiety, depression

Top 4 Apps to Support your Mental Health

September 2, 2019

It is estimated that around half the population in Australia will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their life with 1 in 6 people currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both. Finding ways to help yourself or a loved one cope with mental health is extremely important, we’ve put together out top 4 mobile apps to help support mental health.


Mood Mission – Free 

This app has been developed by a team of Psychologists and supported by both Monash and Swinburne Universities, aimed to help users to discover new ways of coping with mental health concerns. The app uses the skills of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), simply tell the app how you are feeling and it will give you 5 ‘missions’ to help improve your mood. Mood mission has also been clinically trialled and show to decrease depression and increase mental wellness in uses  


Smiling Mind – Free

One of the most popular mental health apps, Smiling Mind has had over 4.1 million downloads since it first become available. It guides uses through simple mindfulness exercises to improve mental wellbeing; it is a great app for beginners to get you started on your mindfulness journey. It also offers programs tailored to different age groups starting from 3 years of age so it’s great for children and adolescents too. Recently Smiling Mind also launched an app from perspective parents called Mind the bump , this is for individuals and couples to support mental and emotional wellbeing will preparing for having a baby and becoming parent. 


Calm – Free trial / $79.99 p.year 

Calm is a great app for beginners through to advanced uses of meditation, the app offers hundreds of guided meditation designed to help manage anxiety, lower stress and improve sleep. The app allows you to choose a meditation based on various areas you want to improve including categories such as anxiety, focus, stress, sleep and relationships. One of the standout features of this app is the ‘Sleep Stories’ these are soothing stories read to you by well known voices to help you unwind and fall into a deep sleep. 


Headspace – Free trial / $12.99 p.month or $95.88 p.year 

You can trial headspace for free starting with a basic’s introduction to mindfulness meditation, the apps founders have one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. It provides users with themed sessions to support you where you need it most – including anxiety, focus, stress and sleep. It provides hundreds of different guided meditations included bite-sized meditations for busy people and SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns


At Essendon Natural Health we have practitioners who are passionate about working with their clients to achieve optimal mental wellbeing:


Jessica Bouwmeester (Naturopath)

Jessica is a friendly and nurturing naturopath, when seeing patients her goal is to ensure their health is constantly improving and evolving with every treatment and visit. Within her consults Jessica uses dietary and lifestyle support measures as well as herbal and nutritional medicine to support her clients. 


Lachlan McDonald OMD (Acupuncturist & Herbalist)

Lachlan is a warm, kind and gentle Acupuncturist and Herbalist. From his previous work as a social worker he developed a strong interest in working with patients with mental health related concerns. Within his consults Lachlan will use acupuncture techniques as we as herbal medicine to support clients with mental and emotional wellbeing.