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 2020.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android: rating 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 judgment call about exploring professional treatment. Unlike other assessments that ask you to reflect on the past 2 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 tools to work on your mental health within the app.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.3 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 rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.6 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 rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

App developers harnessed the power of artificial intelligence for good in this 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 to help you understand more about your emotional well-being.

Android rating: 4.2 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

What’s Up? is more than just a diary and habit tracker. Drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance commitment therapy, it helps teach you dozens of coping mechanisms — including grounding exercises and breathing techniques, plus how to recognize 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 rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Sanvello 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 rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4.0 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. Discover how depression, irritability, and stress can move toward perspective and empowerment.

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

This app gives you visual, audio, and rhythmic hypnosis tools to help alter the frequencies that your brain responds to. This isn’t just dangling a watch in front of you to get you to do things — hypnotherapy experts calmly read passages known to help induce a hypnotic state, along with music and background noise, and achieve easier relaxation or sleep.

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: Free

CBT is all about becoming an active participant in your behaviors, whether you want to become more aware of them or change them for the better. This app gives you diaries and logs to track your moods, activities, and daily goals, so you can actively see your progress or correct unhealthy habits or thoughts that you may not even realize are interrupting your progress toward a healthy life. You can also track how well you’re doing and receive points for the healthy habits and activities you accomplish each day.

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