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by Loren G. Edelstein | January 11, 2018

Loren Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & Conventions magazineIs our president mentally sound? More importantly, are you? About one in five adults in the U.S. - 18.5 percent of the country's population - experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. What's more, mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. among adults between the ages of 18 and 44, according to NAMI.

The good news: Free or cheap apps can be helpful in protecting or improving mental health using methods including meditation, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy or other means of support.

Medical News Today, a U.K.-based publication of Healthline Media, has identified the following top 10 apps for mental health and well-being. For more details on these apps, read the full article here.

calm logoCalm
Android and iPhone, free

Calm is designed to reduce anxiety, improve sleep and help you feel happier. Calm focuses on the four key areas of meditation, breathing, sleep and relaxation, with the aim of bringing joy, clarity and peace to your daily life. Meditation sessions are available in durations of 3-25 minutes.



headspace logoHeadspace
Android and iPhone, free

Headspace uses mindfulness and meditation to help you perform at your best each day. The app's mission is to provide essential tools to achieve a happier, healthier life through meditation, which reduces daily stress, improves focus, and bolsters feelings of compassion toward others.



moodnotes logoMoodnotes
iPhone, $3.99

Moodnotes is a thought journal and mood diary. The app can be used to capture your feelings and improve your thinking habits through the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology. Learn to recognize "traps" in your thinking and ways to rethink situations.



moodpath logoMoodpath
Android and iPhone, free

Moodpath is your pocket-sized mental-health companion, designed to support you through the difficult times and guide you out the other side. Moodpath asks daily questions in order to assess your well-being and screen for symptoms of depression.



pacifica iconPacifica
Android and iPhone, free

Pacifica is an app with anxiety and stress in mind. It provides a toolbox to deal with daily anxiety and stress, along with a highly supportive community of like-minded individuals. The app houses audio lessons and activities that help you cope with stress and depression, and sets daily challenges to help you tackle anxiety one day at a time.



suberbetter iconSuperBetter
Android and iPhone, free

SuperBetter is a game focusing on increasing resilience and the ability to remain strong, optimistic and motivated when presented with challenging obstacles in life. The app will help you adopt new habits, improve your skills, strengthen relationships, complete meaningful projects and achieve lifelong dreams.



7 cups icon7 Cups
Android and iPhone, free

7 Cups provides online therapy and emotional support for anxiety and depression. There are more than 160,000 trained listeners and licensed therapists who are available to anonymously speak with you 24/7. These listeners can be searched for based on their experience or their specialties, such as bullying, panic attacks, eating disorders, relationship breakups and more.



Anxiety Relief Hypnosis iconAnxiety Relief Hypnosis
Android and iPhone, free

Anxiety Relief Hypnosis can help improve relaxation and reduce anxiety within just one to three weeks of use. The app's developers say that hypnosis can decrease anxious thoughts and enhance your response to relaxation, which, in turn, resets your behavior and enables an improved response to stress.



happify iconHappify
Android and iPhone, free

Happify is a space to overcome negative thoughts and stress and build resilience. Happify employs techniques and evidence-based interventions in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and mindfulness to help you break old and unhealthful patterns and form new, healthful habits.



talkspace iconTalkspace
Android and iPhone, free

Talkspace is a counseling and therapy app that connects users with a convenient, affordable and confidential way to deal with anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and chronic illness. A free consultation is provided with a "matching agent" to identify the ideal therapist for your needs based on several factors. The app's pricing plans are said to be about 80 percent lower than traditional office-based appointments.