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APPs that Work!

For Clients and Practitioners

Helpful Apps for Clients


Many of these Apps are available on National Center for Telehealth and Technology http://t2health.org/ and other sites.


Apps for Behavioral Change and Resilience Building 

Goal Setting
Clients can use this Comprehensive Soldier Fitness App which helps clients to build resilience through use of this goal setting program. Read more about it at:   http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goal-setting-comprehensive/id441222534?mt=8


Know Bullying

Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. This app by SAMHSA, encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation. This app includes:Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion with your child; Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying; Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying; Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child; Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice; Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom. Read more about it at: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/bullying/?WT.mc_id=EB_20140815_KNOWBULLYINGAPP


LifeArmor 

Clients can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/lifearmor


Mood Tracker 

This app enables clients to self-monitor, track and reference their emotional experiences over a period of days, weeks, and months. Users can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker


Moving Forward 

Moving Forward is an app which goes along with an online program. Moving Forward is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches problem solving skills to help one to better handle life’s challenges. The Moving Forward program site is available at:

http://startmovingforward.t2.health.mil/


Optimism

This is a self-tracking application, designed to help people increase their understanding of all the things that affect their mental health. The app acts as a springboard to detect patterns in one's health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. Read more about it at:

http://www.findingoptimism.com/


Positive Activity Jackpot (for smartphones only) This app uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling, or PES. This is used to overcome depression. While this app does not require clinical training to use, it should not be sued as a substitue for treatment by a therapist. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/positiveactivityjackpot#.UYa3R7UsmoM


Provider Resilience 

Provider Resilience gives health care providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they help their clients be they civilians or service members, veterans, and their families. Providers can take a self assessment to determine if they are at risk and steps they can take to ward off such burnout and fatigue. Read more about it at: https://www.t2health.org/apps/provider-resilience


Quitter 
This app is set up for clients to monitor their efforts to quit any bad behavior(s) they choose to quit so as to increase their physical and mental health. Read more about it at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quitter/id284944935?mt=8

Stay Quit Coach

Trauma and PTSD can make it hard to quit smoking. The Stay Quit Coach app is designed to help you stay quit after you stop smoking. This app is best used while you are in treatment to quit smoking with a health care provider and can continue to be used after your treatment has ended.

Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stay-quit-coach/id655892317?mt=8


The Virtual Hope Box (VHB)

VHB is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed. You can read mor about it at: http://www.t2.health.mil/apps/virtual-hope-box


DOD Safe Helpline 
This app is set up for military personnel to cope and deal with the short-term and long-term effects of sexual assault. This app can also be used by civilian because it includes emergency contact information; a Chat Safe Helpline; a Self-Care Planner; and Resources including lesson on sexual assault and exercises which one can use in dealing with the aftermath of this unfortunate act. Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dod-safe-helpline/id536773115?ml=8

Apps for Breathing and Relaxing

 

Breath2Relax 

Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body's 'fight-or-flight' (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. This app uses diaphragmatic breathing to help clients reduce their stress. 

Read more at: http://t2health.org/apps/breathe2relax


Guided Mind

Relieve Stress & Suffering Caused By Anxiety, Insomnia, Pregnancy & More Using Guided Meditation, Imagery & Mindfulness. Relax and get guided through meditations on a variety of topics dealing with the stresses of day-to-day life. Read more at: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guided-mind-guided-imagery/id672076838?mt=8


Instant Heart Rate Monitor

Instant Heart Rate uses your iPhone's camera to detect the pulse from your fingertip - leveraging similar technique as used in pulse oximeters.Place the tip of your index finger on the iPhone’s camera, and in a couple of seconds your pulse will be shown. Instant Heart Rate will beep with your pulse. A real-time chart will show you every heart beat. Can be used to determine if you are gaining from your relaxation efforts. Read more about it at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instant-heart-rate-heart-rate/id409625068?mt=8


Mindfulness Coach

Mindfulness is a term used to describe a set of several strategies which are designed to change the way people think about everyday life. By helping to focus attention on present experience and away from potentially distressing thoughts about the past or future, mindfulness meditation helps to reduce tension and worry and improve coping. The Mindfulness Coach mobile app was created to introduce the concept of mindfully focusing attention and to facilitate the acquisition of the skill through practice. Read more about it at: 

http://t2health.dcoe.mil/apps/MindfulnessCoach


Mindfulness Daily

Mindfulness Daily is the easiest way to integrate mindfulness into your daily life. This app guides you through quick, effective practices to reduce stress, improve performance and enhance sleep. Read more about it at: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindfulness-daily/id701112447?mt=8


My Headspace

This this mobile meditation app makes practising simple meditation and mindfulness techniques easy, Read more about it at:

http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/shop/headspace-meditation-app.aspx


Stop, Breathe & Think

Become more mindful and compassionate using our Meditation Guide. Check-in daily, track your progress, and feel the calm. Read more about it at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stop-breathe-think/id778848692?mt=8


Tactical Breather 

This app can help clients gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/tactical-breather

Apps for PTSD

CPT Coach 
CPT Coach app is designed to assist both providers and patients participating in Cognitive Processing Therapy. Some of the features include an assessment tool for tracking symptoms and progress, homework and assignments for each therapy session, session reminders and other CPT educational material. The app is currently available for use on IOS platform. You can read more about the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cpt-coach/id804271492?mt=8 

PE Coach 
Prolonged Exposure Coach app is for clients as they work with their clinicians dealing with the use of prolonged exposure therapy to deal with PTSD. This app allows the clients to record the PE clinical sessions as an audio file which is used as homework in between sessions. It provides reminders for homework, keeping track of tasks accomplished between sessions, and keeps track of the PTSD related symptoms experienced by the client over time. This is not a self-help tool for clients but to be used only as clients are involved with their therapists who are using PE with them to treat their PTSD. You can read more about the app at: www.pstd.va.gov/public/pages/pecoach_mobileapp-public.asp.
For the clinicians guide to use the PE Coach with IOS snd Smart Phone system visit: http://www.deploymentpsych.org/resources/apps

PTSD Coach 
PTSD Coach app is intended to be used as an adjunct to psychological treatment, but can also serve as a stand-alone education tool. Key features of the app include psychoeducation about trauma, PTSD and treatment, self-assessment of PTSD symptoms, the ability to track changes in symptoms over time, and introduction to self-help techniques to manage symptoms of PTSD such as systematic relaxation. In addition, this app provides assistance in finding immediate support by helping the user to identify personal sources of emotional support, populating the phone with those phone numbers, and providing link to treatment programs. In an emergency, users can quickly link to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/ptsd-coach
Apps for Sleep Problems

CBT-i Coach 
The CPT Coach app is designed to assist both providers and patients participating in Cognitive Processing Therapy. Some of the features include an assessment tool for tracking symptoms and progress, homework and assignments for each therapy session, session reminders and other CPT educational material.This app is to be used with clients who have sleep problems. They can design their own Sleep prescription to improve their sleeping habits. They have a number of tools at their disposal to do this on the app. They also have an extensive learning program and daily reminders to use to help them improve their sleep. Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cbt-i-coach/id655918660?mt=8

Deep Calm
Nature Sounds, Sleep Music, White Noise Help You Get Better Sleeping App. Deep Calm is a customizable sleep and relaxation aid app with nature sound effects and relax melodies. It's best for sleep, relaxation, yoga, meditation, concentrate, study! Read more about it at: 

Dormio
Sleep, Nap, Slumber and Drift into Deep REM Dreaming with Sleepy, Mellow Natural Sounds. High quality sleep enhancement audios from scientists, sound engineers, therapists, and authors across from the planet. A beautifully crafted audio-visual experience by team of top designers which are tailored to help your mind relax and drift off into deep sleep with a timer so your phone will automatically turn itself off at the right time. Read more about it at: 

To bed
There is no app to replace Mom, but when Mom is not around, this is the app to get you to bed! 
Based on information about your age and wakeup times, the app reminds you when you should start preparing for hitting the sack. Like your loving Mom, the app knows when there is no need to remind you. And when vacation comes around, just activate "vacation mode" and there will be no mentioning, whatsoever, about getting to bed… Read more about it at: 

White Noise HB Lite: provides ambient sounds of the environment to help clients who have problems falling asleep to relax or sleep. Read more about it at:
Apps for Weight Management 

Lose It!-Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter. (2014). FitNow (Version 5.3). Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lose-it!-weight-loss-program/id297368629?mt=8 (you will need to copy and paste link)

My Fitness Pal. (2014). MyFitnessPal (Version 5.5.1) Read more about it at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile/iphone

PumpUp-Health & Fitness Community. (2014). PumpUp Inc. (Version 3.0.0) Read more about it at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pumpup-health-fitness-community/id573070442?mt=8 (you will need to copy and paste link)

Sworkit-Daily Circuit Training Workout. (2014). Nexercise (Version 3.0.1). Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sworkit-daily-circuit-training/id527219710?mt=8
Apps Addressing Smoking

APA Smoke Screen App -  A Clinician's App: This app provides lengthy and comprehensive profiles on smoking and tobacco use in underserved populations, screening instruments that can be used to assess smoking and tobacco use in clients, lists of evidence-based practices that can be applied with each underserved population from SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, and tools and resources to assess how well clinicians are addressing their clients’ needs. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apa-smoke-screen/id1142623866?mt=8

Quitter 
This app is set up for clients to monitor their efforts to quit any bad behavior(s) they choose to quit so as to increase their physical and mental health. Read more about it at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quitter/id284944935?mt=8

Stay Quit Coach

Trauma and PTSD can make it hard to quit smoking. The Stay Quit Coach app is designed to help you stay quit after you stop smoking. This app is best used while you are in treatment to quit smoking with a health care provider and can continue to be used after your treatment has ended.

Read more about it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stay-quit-coach/id655892317?mt=8

Apps for Dealing with Depression

ACT Coach -uses mindfulness and acceptance strategies to help users cope with emotions and symptoms of psychological health conditions.

LifeArmor - Clients can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/lifearmor


Mindfulness Coach - teaches focused attention using guided mindfulness meditation practices. It includes session logs to track progress and educational materials.

Moving Forward - features problem-solving tools designed to teach life skills.

T2 Mood Tracker - helps users monitor and track their emotional health. Results are displayed in an easy-to-understand graph.

Suicide Prevention Apps
 

Suicide Safe from SAMSHA 

A training tool for healthcare providers to reduce patient suicide risk using the SAFE-T approach. Read more about it at the SAMSHA store at: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/suicidesafe/


"A Friend Asks" 

The Jason Foundation, Inc. app provides the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. It contains information on warning signs of suicidal ideation, resources for help, and even a “Get Help Now” feature. This feature will automatically connect the user to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7. The Jason Foundation, Inc., is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs to equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth. Read more about it at: http://jasonfoundation.com/blog/2013/01/22/1791/


Ask and Prevent Suicide App
This app which helps clients to recognize when they need to reach out and ask for help to prevent suicide. Read more about this app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ask-prevent-suicide/id419595716?mt=8
 
Guard your Buddy App
This app developed by the National Guard to help friends help other friends from attempting suicide. Read more about this app at: http://guardyourbuddy.com/get-the-app/
 
Operation Reach Out
is designed to: Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal. Read more about it at:

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB)

VHB is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed. You can read mor about it at: http://www.t2.health.mil/apps/virtual-hope-box


Wingman Project App an app developed by the Air National Guard to help friends help their own friends from attempting suicide. Read more about this app at:
Apps for Kids
At Ease
At Ease helps kids feel normal about the range of emotions they have when a military parent deploys — or anytime. Stressed? Emotions all over the place? So are the crazy shapes in this strategy-based matching game. You can relax — no timer here! Plan your attack as you match fun, silly emoticons by tapping neighboring pieces. Earn bonus points and level-up when you reach a target score. Then enjoy a quick break and try some crazy relaxation tips between levels. When no more matches can be made — game over! Send a game challenge to family or friends and keep matching until you feel At Ease! Read more about it at: http://militarykidsconnect.t2.health.mil/tweens/mobile-games-apps

Know Bullying

Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. This app by SAMHSA, encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation. This app includes:Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion with your child; Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying; Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying; Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child; Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice; Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom. Read more about it at: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/bullying/?WT.mc_id=EB_20140815_KNOWBULLYINGAPP


Operation Care Package
Here is an App for children whose parents are deployed or in active duty in the military. Operation Care Package helps kids relax and take their mind off worries about their deployed parent, moving, and other stresses that come from being a military kid. Plus, it’s really fun! Test your aim today! Read more about it at: http://militarykidsconnect.t2.health.mil/tweens/mobile-games-apps

Mental Health Professionals Apps  

 

DSM-5 Criteria 

This is the mobile app for clinicians to utilize in diagnosing their clients. It is an easy to use system which lists the criteria for all of the DSM-5 diagnostic catagories with the criteria listed for each diagnosis (this is not a free app).Read more about this app at: http://www.appi.org/Pages/DSM5Mobile.aspx


ICD-9-CM Codes

ICD 9 Consult puts the complete, current ICD9-CM on your iPhone or iPod Touch, instantly smart-searchable and browsable. Read more about it at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icd9-consult-2014-free/id358845668?mt=8


ICD-10-CM Codes

ICD 10 Helps you to qQuickly look up diagnosis codes using the new ICD-10 coding system. All codes are downloaded to your device - no downloading is necessary as you are looking up your code. Read more about it at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stat-icd-10-coder/id467916561?mt=8


Provider Resilience 

Provider Resilience gives health care providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they help their clients be they civilians or service members, veterans, and their families. Providers can take a self assessment to determine if they are at risk and steps they can take to ward off such burnout and fatigue. Read more about it at: https://www.t2health.org/apps/provider-resilience

Apps for TBI

mTBI Pocket Guide 
The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide mobile application for health care providers gives instant access to a comprehensive quick-reference guide on improving care for mTBI patients. Designed to reflect current clinical standards of care, the mTBI Pocket Guide mobile application can help you improve quality of care and clinical outcomes for patients. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/mtbi

 

Co-Occurring Conditions Toolkit 

The Co-Occurring Conditions Toolkit targets common co-occurring conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, chronic opioid therapy, and substance use with recommendations based on the VA-Dod Evidenced Based Clinical Standards of care. Read more about it at: http://t2health.org/apps/cct

Medical Treatments and Psychopharmacology Apps

Medscape 
The most comprehensive coverage of all psychiatric conditions including the evidenced based practices as well as the most uptodate coverage of the psychopharmacological treatment of these conditions. To be able to download the complete Medscape program you first must enroll with Medscape at: http://www.medscape.com/ when you sign up and register you then can download this information to any Iphone, Ipad, or smartphone. 

Micromedex Drug Information
This a free app from Thomas Reuter's Healthcare which is a handy quick reference to look up information on any drug at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/micromedex-drug-information/id390211464?mt=8
 
Micromedex Drug Interactions
This a free app from Thomas Reuter's Healthcare which is a quick reference on the drug interactions at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/micromedex-drug-interactions/id391763035?mt=8
Apps for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

SAMSHA Disaster App
In a disaster, it's essential that behavioral health responders have the resources they need—when and where they need them. The SAMHSA Disaster App makes it easy to provide quality support to survivors. Users can navigate pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, post-deployment resources, and more—at the touch of a button from the home screen. Users also can share resources, like tips for helping survivors cope, and find local behavioral health services. And, self-care support for responders is available at all stages of deployment. Read more about this app at: http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/disaster/

Psychological First Aid  
PFA is a useful app for mental health professionals when working in disaster or trauma settings. Following disasters or emergencies, the PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children. Read more about the app at: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/manuals/psych-first-aid.asp

PFA Tutorial
The PFA mobile app and website provides a quick and thorough review for those who have previously received training to provide PFA. The tutorial describes the four core actions of PFA providers, reviews ways to engage with disaster survivors, lists common reactions to traumatic events, and provides an opportunity to check understanding in practice scenarios. First responders, health care providers, mental health providers, MRC volunteers, students, and others will find this an easy to use resource while in the field following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, act of terrorism, or personal crisis.
You can read more about this app at: http://sph.umn.edu/ce/perl/mobile/pfatutorial/

Red Cross Disaster Related Apps
  1. Tornado App Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready. Read more about it at: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app
  2. Hurricane App Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross - A hurricane tracker app available for iPhone and Android. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. Read more about it at:  http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app
  3. First Aid App The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid. Read more about it at: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app