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A large percentage of youth is looking for health information online on their mobile devices, which means that mobile apps could prove helpful in improving mental wellbeing of children and teens.

Mental health problems including anxiety, depression, and stress are on the rise and do not only affect adults. Children, especially teens, also suffer from mental disorders, which increase at an alarming rate among the young population.
The anxiety, stress, and depression can interfere with daily activities of children and teens such as school or relationships.
While occasional anxiety is normal, for example, if child/teen is feeling anxious before an exam, or when faced with a problem in school, if it does not go away and get worse over time should be a warning sign for parents, teachers, and caregivers. 
The first course of action would be visiting a psychologist or registered counselor, especially if child/teen has moderate to severe anxiety.
Sometimes, other methods such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or self-help resources could be useful depending on the condition severity. 
A lot of these resources are available as mobile apps, which are more convenient to use, knowing that a large percentage of children and teens use their mobile devices on a daily basis. Of course, many of these apps require a guidance from parents and healthcare specialists, such as psychologists or counselors.
Here, we listed some of the best apps that can improve children and teen mental wellbeing.


MindShift App

MindShift app by the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia was designed to help teens and young adults learn and practice anxiety coping skills by using cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) based guidance and evaluation.
The app provides a variety of methods helping adolescents understand the anxiety and symptoms, evaluate their level of anxiety in particular situations, engage in relaxation tasks,  develop realistic thinking patterns, and so on.
Mindshift app is suitable for teens and young adults experiencing mild to moderate anxiety symptoms, while adolescents with more severe anxiety symptoms should resort to traditional treatment and seek help from a mental health professional.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.

Our score: 84%
Links: Android, iOS



BoosterBuddy App

BoosterBuddy is a free app for Android and iPhone developed by Island Health, a Canada-based company, with a goal to help teens and young adults with depression, anxiety, psychosis and other mental health problems improve their mental health with the help of gamification.
Users can choose their 'Buddy', a cartoon character (a fox, raccoon, or rabbit) which guides them through the app and is used for daily check-ins.
Basically, the goal is to wake Buddy who is sleeping by completing quests and earning points for each level. 
Once the users have earned 60 points they can use them to buy various goodies and apparel for their Buddy, such as hats, glasses, belts, etc.
BoosterBuddy app also includes reminders for users who take medications or PRN for their condition.

Our score: 90%
Links: Android, iOS


Project Toe App

Project Toe is a support community for people suffering from anxiety and depression. 
It allows users to talk about their problems with people who understand them or use their own experience to help those coping with similar problems. 
The app offers over 3000 peer support groups for stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, abuse, and other issues.
The app also allows users to chat with a licensed Therapist online for a low fee.
Project Toe app is available for iOS and Android for free.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


What's Up? App

What's Up? is a free app utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help teens and adults cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and other mental health issues. 
The app also provides diary, positive and negative habit tracker, as well as the supportive community to help users much easier cope with mental health issues.
The app is available for Android and iOS.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Smiling Mind App

Smiling Mind is meditation and mindfulness app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to lives of people suffering from various mental health problems.
The goal of the app is to assist people, including children, in dealing with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life, through the series of short exercises.
Smiling Mind app is tailored for different age groups, i.e. 7–11, 12–15, 16–22 and adults, as well as different situations and locations, i.e. sport, classroom, workplace, etc.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Cypher App

Cypher, formerly known as Silent Secret is the anonymous peer to peer social network for mobile devices.
It allows users to share their secrets, provide help to others, build a network of peers, connect to support organizations with an ultimate goal to be happy.
The users can give or receive a hug, heart or me2 which are ways of expressing the support within the network.
Cypher app also uses the gamification allowing users to take care of a virtual pet which is a visual representation of their activity, i.e. the more good things they do, the happier their pet becomes. 
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Qcard - Outsmart Forgetfulness App

Qcard app is created for people living with brain injuries (TBI, ABI), executive function disorder (EFD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer's, dementia, the elder or anyone who battles forgetfulness.
The app can be also used by children and teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), with their parents' guidance and advice from their mental health experts.
Qcard app is available on Android and iOS for free (for 14 days) and can be purchased for $14.99.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Camp Discovery for Autism App

Camp Discovery for Autism is the free evidence-based learning app designed by experts in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for children with autism.
Other children can also benefit from the carefully developed evidence-based teaching procedures, lessons, and games, which include Objects, Body Parts, Emotions, Actions, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Colors, and more.
The professional app is available for Android and iOS, luckily for free.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


My DPS (Digital Problem Solver) App

My DPS (Digital Problem Solver) app is designed to help children identify emotions and coping strategies in a simple, easy-to-follow way. 
The app provides four coping strategies including positive self-talk, deep breaths, calm-down breaks, and reminders to keep negative thoughts in the head.
My DPS app help children when they're feeling bored, surprised, mad, annoyed, happy, scared, sad, and frustrated.
My DPS app is perhaps most suitable for primary school children, while high school children may find it too simplistic.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS

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