Coping Tools for Youth and Families
Apps for Youth and Family Mental Health
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*
There are a variety of crafts families can create at home with everyday items. The process of making hands on coping tools, can be calming and create a time to talk about any concerns. One example is a Calm Down Jar. A calm down jar can be a great visual aide to assist with deep breathing, and distraction. It is easily made from glue, glitter, food coloring (optional) and a water bottle with a tight fitting lid. This article from Parents provides information on the “how to” and “why” of Calm Down Jars.