Resources for Curriculum Development
Apps for Youth Mental Health
To access a downloadable PDF of the following list of apps, click here.
Web address: https://www.calm.com/
Description: Provides guided meditation sessions in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 min. Meditation includes “sleep stories,” breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Topics include self-esteem, breaking habits, managing stress, relationships, and many more.
Users: 10M+ downloads with 4.3 star average rating (Google Play Store) *In-App purchases*
Web address: https://www.happify.com/
Description: Provides users with activities and games developed through evidence-based interventions. Utilizes a “Happiness Score” to measure your emotional well-being. Claims 86% of frequent users get happier after 2 months.
Users: 100K+ downloads with 3.7 average star rating (Google Play Store) *In-App purchases*
Web address: https://www.headspace.com
Description: Claims to be the only meditation app providing clinically-validated mindfulness meditation. Provides information, tips, and guided meditation for anger, focus, running, kids, and many other targeted areas.
Users: 10M+ downloads with 3.7 average star rating (Google Play Store) *In-App purchases*
Web address: https://www.sanvello.com/about/
Description: Utilizes CBT to address stress, anxiety, and depression through daily mood tracking, guided journeys (audio lessons and exercises), tools to calm your mind, assessments based on mood data, and a community of people who post a wide range of topics (personal strategies, words of encouragement).
Users: 1M+ downloads with 4.5 star average rating (Google Play Store) *In-App purchases*
Web address: https://mymoodpath.com/en/
Description: Designed for people struggling with depression or anxiety. Users update their “Mood Journal” by answering three personalized questions the app asks each day. Statistics of your mood, a journal, and regular reports are given to the user to help them detect patterns and what they need to improve. Resources such as mediations, courses, and sleep aids are available too.
Users: 500K+ downalds with 4.6 average star rating (Google Play Store) *In-App purchases*
Web address: https://my3app.org/#top
Description: Developed for people who are at high-risk for suicide. People choose three primary contacts for who they can reach out to when they are suicidal. They can create a safety plan of coping strategies and sources of support. The app prides itself on its simplistic and easy-to-read design.
Users: 10K+ downloads with 3.8 average star rating (Google Play Store)
Web address: https://calmharm.co.uk/#row1
Description: App provides activities help manage the urge to self-harm. Developed with ideas from DBT. Activities done by users are private. App can be an aid in treatment, but does not replace it.
Users: 100K+ downloads with 4.2 star average rating (Google Play Store)
Consistent with the NYS Education Department, the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is not recommending any particular mental health curriculum. information about a variety of resources for mental health education can be found HERE.
Schools are encouraged to explore the options and choose a program that best meets their needs. Most programs will not cover all recommended content knowledge and skills as outlined in the Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools: Linking to a Continuum of Well-Being (pages 13 to 24). Often programs will need to be supplemented with additional lessons. See “Lesson Plans and Book Resources” section (sidebar) for ideas and resources.