The Reality Of Mental Illness In Men
The statistics for men with depression and other mental illness is sky-high, and although the open discussion for it has improved over the years, we must acknowledge that we’re not out of the woods yet.
4912 suicides were registered in 2020 in the UK, according to the office for national statistics suicide data. The post-pandemic world has impacted mental health like a bombshell. In addition, the stigma of “boys don’t cry” is still prevalent today.
Getting help can be daunting for people with mental health issues, which is why we’re counting down these 5 apps that can prove to be useful for making that first step from the palm of your hand.
A great app to download for its variation, it features some intuitive components like Moodfit, which essentially allows you to track your mood daily. Understanding your emotions can be jarring and challenging, but writing them down can make sense of it somehow and help you see patterns. It’s effective cognitive-behavior therapy right from your pocket.
Mental illness can sometimes make you feel like you don’t have a handle on the wheel, and this app includes some great confidence and coping skill-building. These include guides for public speaking, morning dread, and more. Throughout all this, Sanvello creates a roadmap for your improvement and gives you the power to set your goals daily.
Getting a good night’s sleep is often overlooked but can hugely impact your daily life if you’re not catching enough Z’s. Enter Slumber, as this app uses science to improve your sleep.
It’s not always easy to drift off, especially if your mind is racing, but the app utilizes some of the top meditation teachers in the world to help you achieve a deep state of relaxation to help you doze off. You can also take a trip down memory lane, with the soothing stories section on the app, with the use of guided imagery, just like when you were a kid. The hypnotic techniques help to induce sleep.
Music and soundscapes can be accessed too, for those who are a fan of therapeutic rain sounds, although it contains a vast library of alternative sounds like crispy autumn leaves and waves near San Francisco Bay.
He takes the term “man-up” and flips it on its head, with extensive research with experts to determine the top pain points that cause stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s a safe space for men to connect to those who have experienced the same challenges and leave what they’ve learned for others to pick up on. It involves Combining the pillars of mental, physical, emotional, social, and soul fitness.
The aim is to create a culture where men prioritize all aspects of their health and change the stereotypical way boys are raised, supporting them through a crisis and allowing them to speak to like-minded individuals that can equip them with the tools they need.
Following on from He, they are another app excellent app that connects men with similar experiences together. Due to guys having harmful ideas of what it means to be a man and the fear of speaking out about how they feel, Tethr makes sure that everyone can feel included regardless of age, economic status, race, etc.
You can participate in forums speaking to your fellow men about mental health issues or just how your day is going. Go one on one and connect over shared struggles and receive/give support.
Peter Grange, one of the co-founders of this app attempted to take his own life, but luckily did not die and went to go see the other co-founder John Halker, who was a psychologist and helped him get better. They later were reunited and decided to make an app for suicide, as there was a gap in the market for that at the time.
The ideology of the app is to calm your brain and allow you to think clearly, gain a deeper understanding of your emotional needs and discover ways to improve your quality of life. There are questions at the start to make a tailored experience suited to you and calming audio guides that can help to relieve pressure in situations.
Also has features that allow you to search for nearby therapists in your area, so you can get the help you need.
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