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Mental Health: Let's Talk About It. Let's Face It Head On.

Script Stable's Guide to Mental Well-being Apps for Screenwriters.

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being at any time of the year but Christmas and the Winter months can be particularly difficult.


Let's be real, it can be even harder for freelance creatives who are desperately trying to get to that elusive next level. For a lot of screenwriters, Christmas is typically a time of 'famine' when the rest of your friends with 'proper jobs' get to feast. It can be hard to feel in the mood to celebrate when you're trying to finish your script, or get an agent, or just get paid fairly.


And that's before all the other stresses - from seasonal depression to the cost-of-living crisis and bills increasing due to the cold. But whatever the reason is, it's really important to invest time into your well-being and it's all too easy not to. Especially when you're stressed, depressed, grieving, or feeling like you want to give up.


But making time for 'self-care' can really make the difference in topping up your tank. Making sure you take time to recharge is vital when it comes to your health. Don't dismiss it as 'woo woo' or 'mushy', it's been studied, a lot! And us humans, need to look after our well-being as a matter of health and longevity.


So, to help, here are some recommended app for promoting mental health and well-being that could help you get back to giving yourself quality time:


Headspace

Headspace is a mindfulness and meditation app that offers guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. With a focus on reducing stress and improving mental well-being, it’s a great option for those new to meditation.


Happiful

Happiful is a UK-based mental health app that offers a range of resources and tools to support mental well-being. It includes articles, podcasts, and guided meditations, and can be a great resource for those looking to improve their mental health.


Woebot

Woebot is a UK-based mental health app that uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. It includes daily check-ins, mood tracking, and personalized resources, and can be a great resource for those looking for a structured approach to mental well-being.


My Possible Self

My Possible Self is a UK-based mental health app that offers a range of tools and resources to support mental well-being. It includes mood tracking, personalised resources, and guided meditations.


MindMate

MindMate offers a range of activities and resources to support mental well-being. It includes mood tracking, personalised resources, and guided meditations, and can be a great resource for those looking for a comprehensive approach to mental health.


Bant

Bant provides access to licensed UK therapists through secure messaging and video therapy sessions. It’s a great option for those who may have trouble accessing in-person therapy or who prefer the convenience of online counseling.


SilverCloud

SilverCloud offers online cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) programs. It can be a great resource for those looking to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, and can be a convenient alternative to in-person therapy.


MoodKit

MoodKit provides tools and techniques for managing and improving mood. It includes activities for self-reflection, mood tracking, and thought analysis, and can be a great resource for those looking to manage symptoms of anxiety or depression.


Talkspace

Talkspace provides access to licensed therapists through secure messaging and video therapy sessions. It’s a great option for those who may have trouble accessing in-person therapy or who prefer the convenience of online counseling.


Pacifica

Pacifica focuses on stress and anxiety management. It includes a range of tools and resources, including mood tracking, guided meditations, and mindfulness exercises, and can be a great resource for those looking for a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.


Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think offers guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. It also includes a mood tracking feature, and can be a great resource for those looking to manage symptoms of anxiety or depression.


Happify

Happify offers a range of evidence-based activities and games designed to improve mental well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It’s a great option for those looking for a fun and engaging way to boost their mood.


7 Cups

7 Cups is an online therapy app that provides access to licensed therapists through secure messaging and video therapy sessions.



 


Apps can be a great resource for promoting mental health and well-being. Whether you're looking to manage symptoms of anxiety or depression, or simply improve your overall mental well-being, these apps can provide the tools and resources you need to succeed.


Just remember to consult with a mental health professional if you have any concerns, and to approach these apps with caution if you have a history of mental health issues.


If you don't have a therapist or mental health professional, contact your GP for guidance. You don't have to struggle in silence. There is help out there.


If you or anyone you know is in urgent need of help, here are some UK Helplines:



The wonderful Charity Mind has a great list of even more helplines:



If you're mental health is currently being affected by the cost-of-living crisis, you might want to read our Article about available grants for UK Screenwriters, here.


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