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Mental health apps can be effective in making therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable. On this page is a selection of mental health apps which have been independently reviewed by One Mind PsyberGuide, a Project of One Mind. ADAA is excited to be partnering with One Mind PsyberGuide to share reviewed anxiety, depression and related apps that might be of interest to our community. One Mind PsyberGuide (PsyberGuide.org) is a non-profit project that aims to help people to use technology to live a mentally healthier life. One Mind PsyberGuide provides reviews of apps and other digital tools for mental health. One Mind PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, and operates University of California, Irvine.
The apps here are not endorsed or necessarily recommended by ADAA. Here we highlight a broad selection of interesting apps which are publicly available. No one app will work for everyone, and it’s important to find the app that’s right for you.
One Mind PsyberGuide's website offers a full range of specially reviewed mental health apps for all ages One Mind PsyberGuide
Specially Selected Apps for ADAA:
Apps are reviewed on three metrics: Credibility, User Experience, and Data Transparency.
- The Credibility Score is a measure of the research support and clinical expertise backing an app or digital tool. This measure aims to give users an idea of how likely it is that it will work and lead to mental health benefits.
- Apps are scored based on the level of research support they have, the level of expert clinical input in their development, and how specific the intervention the app proposes is.
- User Experience:
- “User Experience”, sometimes referred to as just UX, is the overall experience of using an app in terms of how easy and engaging it is to use.
- The Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) is used to assess the quality of the user experience of apps on engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information.
- Data Transparency:
- Transparency scores relate to information regarding an apps’ data storage and collection policies and how readily available this information is to users. We believe that developers should be as transparent as possible with privacy information so that users can be fully informed of how their data is used and stored.
More information on these rating scales can be found on the One Mind PsyberGuide website
Additional App Review Resources: MindApps.org is an online database that offers interactive searching across 105 data elements for each app, and currently features over 600 mental health related apps. MindApps does not recommend but rather is designed to offer information towards informed decision making.
Additional App Review Resources
MindApps.org is an online database that offers interactive searching across 105 data elements for each app, and currently features over 600 mental health related apps. MindApps does not recommend any app but rather is designed to offer information towards informed decision making.
Mental Health App News
In a Murky Sea of Mental Health Apps, Consumers Left Adrift, California Healthline.com, June 21, 2021. ADAA member Dr. Stephen Schueller featured.
Interested in advertising your app on this page? Please email: Lise Bram.
Interested in being reviewed by PsyberGuide? Please email: Martha Neary.
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