Wellmind App review

Wellmind App review

I normally do my app review on a Wednesday but sometimes I have other blogs that need to be freed from my brain before they leave me alone. Anyway this App is a MUST HAVE and you will see why below but I think it is really helpful especially for those who are ‘new’ to mental illness and need some handy advice.

So the app is called Wellmind and was created for Dudley & Walsall NHS Mental Health Partnership, why it is not a national NHS app I don’t know but a big thanks to D&W for creating it and giving it away free. Usual disclaimer applies, I have this on iPhone so I do not know how well it works on other platforms.

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Okay let’s get started, From the home screen you have a number of options so I will start with My Wellbeing. This section allows you to choose your mood, write something you are looking forward too, what you have achieved and what you are grateful for. Once entered you can save this to your calendar. Now this can only be done once, if you change your mood for example and save this will overwrite your previous entry. So best used as a last thing at night to help track your days.

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Next I have chosen the ‘Help with stress” icon now there are also ones for Anxiety and Depression but I will just go through the stress one as an example. From the main menu you are given 4 options although one is the My Wellness which I covered above. First you have ‘Advice on stress’ this gives you some simple straightforward information on stress, what it is, how do you know and what to do etc. It also give some useful links and a link to a very informative booklet about stress. The next section is ‘body map’ this shows the parts of the body that can be effected by stress and by clicking on each one it gives more information. Finally there is a ‘5 steps to help’ section which gives good advice on how to reduce stress. So lots of helpful information and very easy to understand. This format applies to both the Anxiety and depression options as well.

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The next section from the home screen is the ‘Help in a Crisis’ section This offers firstly the contact information for the Samaritans, Saneline and Mind help line, which I’m know for a fact ringing those numbers have saved me several times in the past so very handy to know. I also has some information on what a mental health crisis is and how to stay safe. I personally think that having just this information alone available to you on your phone if you are at risk is well worth it.

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At the bottom there are two other brilliant features, the first is a game. Now I don’t know if Nokia still put snake on phones these days but I can assure you that for old duffers like me snake was probably the reason Nokia had such a massive market share in the early days of mobile phones. If you have never played it you simply guide the snake around the screen to eat the dots, every time you eat a dot the snake gets longer and faster. Now a slight downside is that every so often a ‘Tip’ window will open which whilst helpful advise does disturb your game (I like snake) but other than that it’s a good game to de stress.

The other cool feature is three relaxation recordings of varying length that are very good and well, relaxing. I have listened to all three and must say the quality is very good and the way they are done is very professional. I definitely think they round off a very well thought out application. Finally on the home menu there is a link to the Dudley & Walsall Mental Health NHS, where you can find out more about the trust, become a member, leave feedback and also follow them on Twitter.

So that’s the app and I honestly think it is one of the best I have seen. Clear and simple with lots of advice but not enough to overload you and probably a benefit to all mental health sufferers in some way. The only thing I would add is a Personal Details page where if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to let people know your illness, medication or Doctors details you could just show them the page. I will of course let them know I have reviewed the app and suggest it to them. Hope you like it as much as I do.

App Review #3 – Balanced

App Review #3 – Balanced

Time for my weekly App review, I asked around for a mood monitoring app and whilst I was looking at those suggested I found a nice little app called Balanced.

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Okay usual disclaimer applies, I have only tried this on iPhone so other systems might not have it. The reason I like this little app is that apart from being useful, it also is simple to use and also offers enough feature that you can get a good feel for it. You can pay to upgrade this app I believe 2.99 but the free version is what I am reviewing. The whole purpose of the app is to let you set little motivational goals.

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Your Tasks
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Activities
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Tasks

So as you can see from the first image above I have entered four ‘tasks’ already. Under each task it will let you know how long you have left t complete the task, but in a rather nice way. To enter a new task (you get five with the free version) you simply swipe the screen down and it will take you to the activities screen. From here you can choose from some preset activities or even write your own. If you select one of the presets it will then offer you a selection of motivational activities or tasks for you to do.

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Preset Tasks
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Set Timescale
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New Task Added

As an example I have gone into the Discovery preset and chosen the Watch a TED talk. You will then be presented with a screen where you can set how often you are to undertake the activity/task. you can go from six times a day to once a year so lots of scope, I went for once a week. It offers a large variety of icons and will also selects a suitable one for you, but you can change it if you wish. Click done and that’s it set.

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So it’s all set up now time to use it, when things are due to be done you will get a notification (optional). Open the app and you will see that it is telling me that I should meditate and go outside, maybe I’ll meditate outside. Once you have done your tasks or activity all you need to do is to swipe right on the task and it will drop to the bottom of the list. Of course sometimes you may not have the time or opportunity to do it so simply swipe left and it will skip and drop to the bottom of the list. Simple, useful and most of all free. If you wish to upgrade I believe you can have unlimited tasks/activities and more options, if I get tempted I will update you.

App review

App review

As an avid smart phone user and having a terrible memory I tend to use apps for many things, One thing I have recently had a problem with is remembering to take my medication at regular times. Whilst I was in hospital it was great, the nurses took care of this but once home I would often forget to take them for hours. Most medication has a certain duration of effect, if you take it late it can work at the wrong time or even worse if you take more than one dose a day you could end up taking them to close together and that might not be good.

So I used my trusty iPhone (sorry if you use other dev ices) and had a look for something to help me keep track of my meds.image

The app I chose is called  Medical Reminder developed by Appetend Ltd and best of all it is free! Basically you can enter your medication, some notes and a start and end date. You can then enter the times you need to take it and even what days you need to take it on, finally it even lets you enter how many you need to take.

Once you have entered all your medications this simple little app will give you a reminder when they are due and once you have taken then you just tick it off the list so it turns from red to green letting even the most forgetful of us that we are on track. The only thing I would like to see that isn’t on the app is a way of keeping track of how much medication you have left and maybe a reminder a few days before to let you know your running low. My partner said I should know by how many are left in the packet but being disorganised I often grab the first blister pack and take it from there so I never know! I hope you give it a try as it really helps me.

If I was to give it a score it would be 9 out of 10

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