Student Counseling Services

Mental Health Applications

These apps can help students learn practical strategies for coping with stress and managing strong emotions. They may be useful on their own for addressing minor concerns, or in conjunction with therapy to address more significant challenges. Students are welcome to schedule a consultation at Student Counseling Services to further discuss skills and strategies for coping.

All apps are free, though some may allow you to buy additional features.

  • Belly Bio (iPhone only)
    Place your phone on your belly so it can monitor your breathing. This biofeedback app is intended to help you learn to relax and focus on your breath.
  • COVID Coach (iPhone and Android)
    This app helps you manage stress during the pandemic. It teaches users how to manage stressors with different tools and provides checks for anxiety, mood, and PTSD symptoms.
  • Forest (iPhone and Android)
    Designed to help users focus and avoid getting distracted by their phones while studying. Set a time on your phone when you want to concentrate on studies and the app will “grow” a virtual tree while you work. Set the app to the stress-free growing mode or challenge yourself to keep your tree alive by not using any other apps. See how many you can plant.
  • MindShift (iPhone and Android)
    This app explores different kinds of common anxiety (e.g., general worry, social anxiety, perfectionism, panic, and phobias) and provides users with skills to handle each. In-app tools help you manage unwanted thoughts, take a breath, or create action plans to help you tackle your anxiety (e.g., face your fears in small steps, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone, build better habits).
  • MoodTools (iPhone and Android)
    This app is designed for anyone struggling with depression. It includes a great stress diary tool to help you challenge upsetting thoughts, among other tools.
  • SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management (iPhone and Android)
    This app includes about 30 mini activities/tools to help you learn about anxiety, identify triggers, manage symptoms, and track your progress.
  • Stop, Breathe & Think (iPhone and Android)
    This app helps you identify how you're feeling (choose up to five emotions from a list of 92), and tailors guided meditations based on your mood.
  • Virtual Hope Box (iPhone and Android)
    Designed to help users cope with intense emotions. Includes features to distract you (games/puzzles), relax you (meditation/muscle relaxation), and inspire you (quotes).