Depression affects everyone differently. Whether you’re dealing with deep depression, loneliness, grief, or extreme stress that’s affecting your health, it’s important to have easy access to help when you need it.

For some people, that means therapy, medication, or a combination of both. For others, a mobile app may provide a valuable separate or complementary option for tackling depressive symptoms.

The perks? No insurance, traveling, or appointments necessary. Discretion and convenience are key. If you’re interested in exploring new ways to manage your mental health, check out our picks for the best depression apps of 2019.

moodpath

iPhone: 4.7 stars

Android: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Unsure of what your moods mean? Moodpath offers a mental health assessment that can help you make the judgement call about exploring professional treatment. Unlike other assessments that ask you to reflect on the past two weeks, Moodpath asks you in-the-moment questions over a series of 14 days to weigh your emotional well-being. The app is geared toward facilitating conversations with a professional, but you can also find more than 150 exercises and tools to work on your mental health within the app.

talklife

iPhone: 4.5 stars

Android: 4.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

While mental health is becoming more visible, the stigma hasn’t dissolved completely. That can feel pretty isolating. For a safe space to talk openly about depression with others who get it, there’s TalkLife. It offers connection and community support similar to group therapy. A caring community of thousands of people is waiting to talk, listen, and help you feel a little less lonely. If you’re concerned about privacy, anonymous sharing is an option too.

iPhone: 4.8 stars

Android: 4.8 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Ever notice that your moods tend to fluctuate at certain times? Daylio can help you pinpoint these trends sooner so you can make the adjustments you need. Within the PIN-protected app, use graphics to detail your daily activities and moods, then watch the app churn out stats and trends to help you understand your mood better. Reminders ensure you keep up with your tracking and journaling activity.

iPhone: 5 stars

Android: 4.9 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

App developers harnessed the power of artificial intelligence for good in this AI assistant for managing depression. Here’s how it works: Chat back and forth with your assistant, who asks prompts that encourage you to think about your thought patterns and behaviors. The app walks you through techniques you may need in the moment based on your responses. It then summarizes your conversations and interactions into insights that help you understand more about your emotional well-being.

Android: 4.2 stars

Price: Free

This self-help app is based on the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy. Through informational articles, diarylike mood tracking, and built-in motivational features, the app will help you modify your thought patterns for a better mood. A depression severity test allows you to evaluate your progress. Audio content is a game changer for stressful morning commutes.

Android: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

What’s Up? is more than just a diary and habit tracker. Drawing from CBT and acceptance commitment therapy, it helps teach you dozens of coping mechanisms, from grounding exercises and breathing techniques to ways of recognizing distorted thought patterns, such as catastrophizing and black-and-white thinking. The app’s forum also gives you a place to connect when you’re needing some extra support.

iPhone: 4.7 stars

Android: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Pacifica is a mindfulness app that can help you identify your feelings or troubles, then move toward acceptance and peace. Designed by a psychologist, the app has been met with high praise for its design and ease of use. You can expect to practice helpful techniques, such as visualization, mindfulness meditation, and muscle relaxation, all while nature soundscapes nudge you toward relaxation and calm.

iPhone: 4.4 stars

Android: 3.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Games make everything a bit more fun. And when you’re feeling depressed, fun may be exactly what you need. With an eye toward improving your mood for now and building resilience for later, Happify’s evidence-based games and activities borrow from positive psychology, CBT, and mindfulness. Challenge yourself to complete them. Discover how depression, irritability, and stress can move toward perspective and empowerment.

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