There are nearly 20,000 mental health apps available in the US, according to the American Psychological Association. There’s a huge range of apps, from self-managed programs to apps that match you with a mental health professional for tailored treatment.
The options can be overwhelming. To help you narrow down your choice, we’ve reviewed the most popular apps.
Mental health app reviews
Types of mental health apps
While some apps are multifunctional, most fall into one of these four categories.
|App category||What they do|
|Mindfulness, meditation and breathwork||Reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mental clarity and help you to feel more mindful.|
They do this through guided meditations and various mindfulness and breathwork exercises.
|Online therapy||Connect you to a licensed therapist for diagnosis and treatment. Most allow you to communicate via text message as well as phone or video sessions.|
|Self-help||Teach you how to manage your mood and emotions.|
They’re usually made up of exercises you work through on your own, and include accountability features to keep you on track.
|Mood and symptom trackers||Encourage you to improve your self-awareness and monitor your mood, triggers and thought patterns.|
How to compare mental health apps
Every app has something to offer — the best app for you comes down to the help you need as well as your budget.
To refine your options, compare these factors.
|Factor||Questions to ask|
|Services and features|
|Fees and cost structure|
|Level of interaction|
|Privacy and confidentiality|
Compare mental health apps
Mental health is a growing industry, and there are plenty of ways to get the help you need to manage your feelings and situations — including apps. From guided meditations and mood trackers to virtual therapy, most apps cater to a specific need.
They all have their perks and limitations, so it’s worth comparing mental health apps.
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Chat with your therapist via text, phone or video for $80/week with this app.
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Send unlimited messages to your therapist for $260 a month with this app.
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Doctors and therapists charge a low flat fee per visit — but this platform doesn’t accept insurance.
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Chat with your regular doctor, specialist or therapist via text and video with this app.
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Get discounted prescriptions and lab tests with this top-rated telemedicine app.
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Learn about the pros, cons and costs of this CBT app for anxiety and depression.
Ten Percent Happier review
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