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How the most downloaded therapy, self-help, meditation and mindfulness apps stack up.

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 categoryWhat they do
Mindfulness, meditation and breathworkReduce 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 therapyConnect 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-helpTeach 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 trackersEncourage 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.

FactorQuestions to ask
Services and features
  • What features does it include?
  • Does it offer the help I need?
  • Does it cater to the issue I’m experiencing — like anxiety, low mood or insomnia?
Fees and cost structure
  • How much does it cost?
  • Are there free features or a free trial?
  • Do I need to sign up for a subscription?
  • Does the app accept insurance?
  • Can I use my HSA or FSA to pay fees?
  • Is there a minimum commitment?
  • How often will I be billed?
  • Does the app offer a financial aid program?
  • Does my employer offer a membership as part of my health benefits?
Level of interaction
  • How will I interact with the app?
  • Can I talk to a mental health professional?
  • When should I expect a response from my therapist or teacher?
  • What’s the average wait time for therapy sessions?
  • Does the app have accountability features, like calendars or guided programs?
  • Is there a space to speak with my peers?
User experience
  • What devices can I use the app on?
  • Which states is the app available in?
  • Is the app engaging and easy to use? What do the customer reviews say?
  • How can I contact the support team if I’m having tech issues?
Effectiveness
  • What credentials do the mental health professionals hold?
  • Are there any published studies about the app?
  • Does the app use clinically proven methods? For example, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance commitment therapy are evidence-based therapy techniques.
  • Which conditions is the app suitable for?
Privacy and confidentiality

Compare mental health apps

Name Product Telehealth coverage Wellness support Membership required Average monthly cost
Zocdoc
Yes
Yes
No
$0
Understand your health plan by uploading your insurance card to your account, revealing your coverage details and in-network doctors
4 Your Health
Yes
Yes
Yes
$15
Get 24/7 wellness advice, meal plans, workouts and telehealth doctors, including psychologists and pharmacists. No insurance needed.
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Bottom line

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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