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With the beginning of a new semester approaching, it’s important to take care of your mental health. Here are several apps to help you do just that.

Happify
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Happify is a free app available on iOS and Android that uses games to help improve your mood. It can help with negative thoughts, stress, confidence and more. It does this through mental training and meditation. Happify’s main focus is habit-forming and its techniques are approved by scientists.

Youper
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Youper is an app available on iOS and Google Play Store (with amazing ratings on both platforms) that allows you to have conversations with AI and track your symptoms of panic, depression, anxiety, etc. It’s free to use and basically serves as a personal assistant for when you’re feeling mentally unwell. It allows you to document times you’re feeling bad and the causes of the bad feelings. It offers you possible solutions, as well, such as meditation and journaling.

Headspace
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Headspace is an iOS and Android app available for $12.99 per month or $9.99 per year for students. It sends users reminders to practice meditation daily and provides tons of different meditation options for various mental health struggles. This allows a user to expand on their mindfulness, which has been shown to improve the overall quality of life.

What’s Up
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What’s Up is an app available on both iOS and Android that uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) to help improve your mood and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It’s free to use and provides you with various coping techniques such as perspective-taking, breathing techniques and habit trackers.

Talkspace
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Talkspace is an app available on iOS and Android that allows you to text with a professional when you are feeling down. It has a few separate plans ranging from $65 to $99 a week, making it potentially cheaper than a therapist, but the most expensive app on this list. The app matches users with the best possible therapist for them, and if one needs more interaction than average, they can schedule video calls with therapists.

When you’re feeling stressed, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. While these apps do not replace the advice of a trained therapist, they are good tools to use when you are struggling with mental health or feeling stressed.

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