Hello, all! For today’s Tip Tuesday post, I have decided to compile a list of smartphone applications that may be helpful for victims of domestic violence and for those who are struggling with mental illness. Please keep in mind that these virtual tools are not substitutes for real-life help. If you are struggling with mental illness or are being abused, please reach out to a therapist or find a safe space immediately. The national domestic violence hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
The name “R3” refers to the 3 R’s of domestic abuse: Recognize, Respond, and Refer. This app, which is free for both Apple and Android users, helps to identify whether or not a person is being abused by asking a 4-question questionnaire. This assessment is based on the HITS logarithm, which stands for Hurt, Insult, Threaten, and Scream. The app is well-received by physicians, particularly because there are resources available for professionals. Another feature of R3 is that it provides tips for safe and discreet usage. Overall, this application is extremely thorough and can be a helpful tool in determining whether an individual is a victim of partner violence.
SafeNight is a great resource for donors to support victims of abuse. The app will notify users when local shelters are full and allow them to sponsor a survivor’s stay in a hotel. SafeNight will request donations from a verified domestic violence organization of the user’s choosing. SafeNight is free on Apple, Android, and Windows.
Calm is the perfect introduction to meditation! This tool, which was named Apple’s “App of the Year” in 2017, is intended to help users reduce anxiety, improve length and quality of sleep, and feel happier and more satisfied overall. Calm has four sections - meditation, sleep, breath, and relaxation. A great feature of the app is that meditation sessions are customizable in length, and are available from 3 to 25 minutes. It can be fit into the most strict of schedules!
Moodpath is a technological support system for smartphone users with depression and/or anxiety. The app, which is free on the Android and iPhone, screens for symptoms of mental illness. After two weeks, it provides users with a technical document that can be shared with a mental health professional. Moodpath also features an extensive collection of videos and resources intended to understand and improve mental wellbeing.
SuperBetter is a game designed to promote strength, optimism, and motivation amongst users with depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and/or PTSD. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania concluded that “when people played SuperBetter for 30 days, their mood improved, symptoms of anxiety and depression decreased, and self-belief to achieve goals increased”. SuperBetter is available for free on both Android and iPhone.
6. 7 Cups
7 Cups is a smartphone app dedicated to providing emotional support and online therapy to smartphone users with anxiety and/or depression. The app, which is free on both the Android and the iPhone, features a lineup of over 160,000 trained listeners and/or licensed therapists. The service is completely anonymous and available at any time. 7 Cups is a discrete, affordable, and accessible alternative to traditional therapy.
By: Jessica Hutt