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Top mental health apps for nurses

By: Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress. To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May, American Nurse Journal would like to highlight some of the best apps for mental health.

APA Monitor on Psychology

The American Psychological Association offers a free app for users to stay up-to-date with the latest mental health news curated from its monthly magazine, Monitor on Psychology.

APA Monitor on Psychology is offered on iOS.

What’s Up?

What’s Up? is an app focused on utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance commitment therapy to help users manage depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. It offers tools to change thinking patterns, grounding advice, and a daily journal.

What’s Up? can be found on iOS or Android.

Mind Shift

This app is designed for young adults who may be suffering from anxiety. Mind Shift helps the user change the way they process anxious thoughts.

Mind Shift can be found on iOS or Android.

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria

The American Psychiatric Association offers an app to give users access to up-to-date ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes from their phones or tablets.

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria is available for $69.99 on iOS and Android.


Calm was voted the iPhone App of the Year in 2017, and its popularity has continued to grow. Calm helps guide users through stress, anxiety, and even insomnia through medication, breathing tips, and music.

Calm is available for $12.99 a month on iOS.

Have a favorite mental health app or tool? Tell us below in the comments!

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