We’re often aware of our moods as they are happening, but wouldn’t it be useful to have a mental health companion to help us stay aware of the fluctuations in our mindset over time?
Every Friday I share one of my favourite finds of the week — a website, tool or an app that has impressed me.
My Friday Favourite this week is MindDoc – Your Mental Health Companion.
What is it?
MindDoc is an app that acts as a mental health companion. Every day, the MindDoc app asks you questions to help you become more aware of your moods and wellbeing.
How much does it cost?
MindDoc is free to use for basic features including mood tracking and community access.
A premium subscription to MindDoc, which opens up additional features, cost from $8.99/month.
A Mental Health Companion
One in ten of us will struggle with a mental health challenge at some point in our lives.
Be it anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue, I speak from experience when I say that quite often, this challenges can sneak up on us unaware.
Having been diagnosed with clinical depression in my early twenties, to this day I still struggle to notice the “red flags” that I may be slipping.
Thankfully, my wife helps keep on me on a healthy path, which I’m very grateful to her for!
However, after a recent episode, I started to think about how I could monitor my mental health and wellbeing more proactively.
I’ve explored before how journaling can help you improve your life, and I journal every day.
Additionally, I’ve started using the MindDoc app, which acts as a mental health companion.
Three times a day, the MindDoc app will pop up and ask me a series of mental health related questions, such as, for example:-
- Have you lately been thinking about the same topics, without coming to a solution?
- Are you feeling hopeful about the future?
- Do you feel a sense of inner unrest or agitation?
Then, MindDoc asks you to rate how you’re feeling, using positive and negative keywords such as:-
Merely the act of answering these questions and thinking about how you’re actually feeling can be powerful in managing your mental health.
However, MindDoc also reports back to you with an overview of your mental health every 14-days or so.
For instance, I hadn’t noticed the stress and anxiety I was taking on-board during a recent busy spell. For me, I was just “busy”.
But, MindDoc highlighted that I’d been suffering from poor emotional heath, and so I was able to take action to ease off and be kinder to myself.
The MindDoc app also offers you to a connection to BetterHelp, one of the largest online counselling platforms worldwide.
BetterHelp counsellors are licensed, experienced therapists who can help you with a range of mental health challenges.
During these challenging times, we could all do with being more aware of our mental health state-of-mind.
I think the MindDoc app is a valuable addition for anybody who is looking for a mental health companion in their lives.
How can I get it?
The MindDoc app is available for iOS and Android devices.
To find out more, visit the MindDoc web-site here.