Gen Zs have a bit of a rep for being ‘Generation Anxious’.
Our Gen Z Wellbeing Check report found out specifically what mental health issues they were experiencing, and only 18% said “none of the above”.
That means chances are, your kid might just be struggling with their mental health.
So what does a parent do when you think your child might have mental health problems?
If you don’t think it’s at a level needed to seek out professional mental health therapy thankfully there are a host of up-and-coming, low-cost apps that can help address ‘mild to moderate’ mental health illnesses.
Noom mood’s approach to managing mental health challenges such as stress and anxiety is ‘a journey’ and that ‘the first step is always the hardest’.
“That’s why we’re here to guide you, step by step, to mental wellness – and help you develop the techniques, emotional awareness and resilience to reduce stress and live a happier life,” Noom Mood’s website states.
Noom Mood’s app uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, equipping users “with a variety of mindfulness-based techniques and skills, and daily mood logging to help you understand your progress.”
“Rooted in psychological principles, our lessons help you develop coping mechanisms to better manage your stress. Through behaviour change, the program will empower you to take control and build resilience – so you can worry less, sleep better, and, ultimately, feel happier.”
“You’ll gain practical knowledge and insights you can put into action right away.”
Talkspace, on the other hand, focuses more on self-guided, specialised therapy for adolescents aged 13-17 who are experiencing ‘mild to moderate’ mental health illnesses such as stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, insomnia, addiction/substance abuse and depression.
The bonus part?
Talkspace also offers free mental health tests to help your child determine if they should seek help from a licensed mental health professional to address mental health issues.
Youper was founded in response to an ‘explosion’ of telehealth mental health platforms during the pandemic that, while meant well, failed to provide access to high-quality and affordable treatment for people struggling with their mental health.
Youper’s therapy model focuses on evidence-based interventions that have been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by researchers at Stanford University.
“Our proprietary technology combines psychology and artificial intelligence to understand patients’ emotional needs and recommend evidence-based behavioral interventions, the website states.
“A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified Youper as the most engaging digital health solution for anxiety and depression.”
The Bloom app also provides ‘self-therapy’ that’s built on the science of CBT – a form of therapy that teaches practical strategies to help people ‘think and feel better’.
The method has been proven to be the most effective and efficient way to, in Bloom’s words, “challenge and change cognitive distortions such as thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes and their associated behaviors to improve emotional regulation and develop personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
And what better time to implement such training during your child’s most critical formative years?