I love bringing my readers new mental health aps they can try! As you might have noticed, I have a lot of positive things to say about these aps. That’s partially because, in general, I have a lot of positive things to say about a lot of things. I want to share with you things that you might find helpful in some way. It’s also in part because I really like not getting sued and would rather not deal with backlash for featuring an ap I don’t like. But mostly, if I am going to have a resources page that links to different aps, it seems like a better use of the space to only link to things I think will help people.
Anyway, I discovered today’s ap through a friend on Twitter. It was created by the VA as a resource for veterans but can help anyone dealing with trauma.
PTSD Coach is, as the name implies, a resource to help people with PTSD. It helps with symptom management, tracking, learning about trauma, and connecting with support services. The education components of this ap include resources specifically for friends and family, so it fosters support in the individual’s environment rather than putting everything on the client. I love aps that have a feature that encourage this!
If you use the ap to track symptoms, it will chart changes over time, which can help bring your attention to triggers, stressors, and things that help. You can even prompt the ap to remind you to take the assessment to see how you are doing.
Another thing I really like about this ap is that it has resources to connect you to ongoing therapy services for PTSD. It doesn’t pretend to be a substitute for therapy and encourages the user to get additional help where needed. This is a great supplement for anyone undergoing treatment for trauma.