Improve your mood: how technology is helping Black Americans address mental health

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer,
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The American health care system is unaffordable for the average uninsured American these days. Other mental health services that help prevent or treat mental health problems may not be available.

Mental health can be debilitating if it takes too long to deal with, and quick access to resources is important for those problems.

Health care apps like Blackfullness, Bloom: CBT Therapy & Journal, Exhale – BIWOC Well-Being and the Mood Notes – Mood Tracker can help people manage and manage health issues like depression, anxiety and body dysmorphia with little or no cost.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach used to treat a variety of mental disorders. According to the American Psychology Association (APA), CBT training usually involves activities that change behavior by facing fears rather than avoiding them. Play is used to prepare for stressful relationships with others while learning to relax the mind and relax the body.

The ultimate goal of CBT is to empower the patient to become their own therapist, so interventions focus on the outcomes of coping skills used externally. of the semester is “homework.”

The Blackfullness app was created by Sonia Russell and David Walker for black people looking to take care of their mental health. (Photo by Blackfullness on Facebook)


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The Blackfullness app is designed to promote overall health and reduce stress, especially for Black people.

A comprehensive book created by Sonia Russell and David Walker, Blackfullness focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of Black people in relation to their overall mental health. They think black people are different and they have the resources to apply that.

Minorities make up less than 10 percent of people enrolled in clinical trials, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This means that health care does not take into account the black experience, especially health care for people of color.

The app offers spiritual guidance, prayer, music, and exercise. It’s a comprehensive service that, compared to sleep monitoring and motivational applications, can be difficult to manage.

The Blackfullness app has a 4.9-star rating. The software is free to download and use. iOS 10.0 or later is required for Apple users.

Bloom: CBT Therapy and Journal

The Bloom: CBT Therapy and Journal app helps people improve themselves through CBT self-lead therapy.

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According to CEO and founder Leon Mueller, Bloom has been around for three years and has touched 2.5 million people.

More than 2.5 million people have improved their mental health by downloading the Bloom: CBT Therapy and Journal app, created by Leon Mueller. Users learn cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques through pre-recorded video. (Photo by Bloom: CBT on Facebook)

“While the cost of one session with a 1-1 therapist can range from $75 to $400, the cost of Bloom for the entire year is a fraction of the cost,” Mueller told the AFRO. “Every time it takes 5 to 15 minutes and teaches you to do the medicine yourself.”

Users learn and practice techniques from CBT through carefully recorded video clips.

Mueller said Bloom is 10 years old with many plans to expand and become friends.

The app has a 4.8-star rating on Apple’s software program. It is available on all Apple products with iOS 14.0 or later.

Exhale: BIWOC Correct

Exhale is a wellness program for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Women of Color (BIWOC).

Exhale: BIWOC Well-Being is a program focused on improving the mental health of people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or women of color. The platform uses meditation techniques, breathing exercises, advice and daily affirmations to help improve mental health. (Photo by Exhale: BIWOC Well-Being on Google Play)

It makes a convenient shelter for the BIWOC. It aims to improve self-care, which is very important in the fast-growing and post-pandemic world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight the importance of mental health care when the demands and ability to cope are overwhelming. They focus on creating inner strength by encouraging self-investment with energy and love.

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Features include: BIWOC’s personal meditation guide, visual examples, breathing exercises, coaching and daily affirmations.

Exhale is available through Apple iOS devices with 12.0 or later and on Android phones. It is free to download and use. It has a 4.8-star rating in the Apple store.

Moodnotes: The Mood Tracker

One in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Moodnotes is a journal based on CBT and emotional application that supports people in making changes and developing better mental patterns in the present. Users choose emojis and create messages that reflect their current mood. The paid version of the app offers unlimited points and a “Check a Thought” option to help customers challenge negative thoughts.

Moodnotes: Mood Tracker is the perfect app to help deal with those negative thoughts! CBT journaling and behavior analysis are provided by this app. (Photo by Moodnotes: Mood Tracker on Facebook)

Moodnotes has a 4.7-star rating on the Apple App Store. The app is available for Apple users with iOS 13.0 or later.

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