We wanted to share some apps and digital health “helpers.” For many, mobile Apps are an easy, affordable way to keep both physical and mental health practices top of mind.
Today we’ll be looking at one developed in BC called “Mindshift.”
MindShift is an app that was designed in collaboration between AnxietyBC and BC Children’s Hospital. It provides information on learning to relax, making new ways of thinking, and practical steps to take charge of anxiety. Areas it covers include difficulties sleeping, intense emotions, test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict. MindShift is described as “your portable coach helping you face challenging situations and take charge of your life”.
Anxiety BC suggests that is well suited for people who aren’t ready to see a professional about their struggle. We tend to believe that this app is a good starter kit for those learning to cope with anxiety, but is most effective when used in partnership with care of a professional to keep people mindful and grounded in the time between sessions with a trained professional. However, for those facing barriers to accessing professional support, it can offer some useful tools and techniques at no cost.
Some feedback on the app is that it is geared toward youth, and many of the scenarios presented in the app are described as somewhat juvenile, but can easily be applied to situations for all ages; perfectionism, public speaking, conflict management, and test taking are some of the topics addressed. Fundamentally, these techniques are rooted in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness practices.
We have read positive reviews on the app for both teens and adults – Dr. Dodek from the University of British Columbia wrote an article about personally downloading it and how it has changed his practice. The app has sections such as Anxiety101, Chill Out Tools, My Situations, and Thinking Right.
You can learn more about the app here and it can be downloaded for free on any app store.
*Image courtesy of Anxiety BC Mindshift App ( https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app)