Assistive Technology for those with mental health challenges is not often spoken about. In writing my blog post about Agnes Richards, RN (see Pioneers, Disability and the National Register of Historic Places) I felt I needed to learn more about this topic. I've only just begun my research but wanted to share what I've found.
AT for Anxiety, Agitation, Addiction
PTSD Coach. This app offers a self-assessment, resources for support, and tools to help with anger management and the daily stresses of life. Created by the Veterans Administration.
Noise Cancelling Headphones. Headphones can help to reduce stress, improve concentration and help with sleep.
T. Jacket by T. Ware. This wearable vest provides deep hugs to comfort or calm stressed or anxious people. The pressure is controlled via a smartphone. For adults and children.
A Chess. An app to help connect people struggling with substance abuse via relaxation, rapid connection to friends, sponsor, family and counselors.
ReliefLink. Developed specifically for suicide prevention and for improving mental health that brings confidential and supportive help right to your smartphone.
Safety, Monitoring Risk Behaviors
Social Stories for Problem Behaviors. This app for children provides tools and feedback to improve challenging behaviors.
iModeling Boundaries. An app designed for children, this teaches the boundaries of touch.
DBSA Wellness Tracker. Track and graph your moods over time, any medications taken, exercise completed and diet. Provides important information to better partner with a clinician.
T2 Mood Tracker. Users can monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales - anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress and general well-being.
DBT Emotion Regulation Tools. Instructs clinicians how to teach core emotion regulation and adaptive coping skills.
Memory - Reminders, Schedulers, Organization
Evernote. Helps you to capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to do lists.
Recording Devices assist with focus and memory. These two offer high quality sound recordings.
My MedSchedule Mobile. Create, update or view medication schedules and set reminders.
CalmSound. A free online resource offering a variety of nature sounds to provide a calming environment.
Take a Break! Guided meditations for stress relief.
Stop, Breathe & Think. Use this app to check in on how you are feeling and practice mindful breathing.