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Mental Health Apps: How to make an informed choice

What to look for in a mental health app

Here are some key criteria to consider when assessing any potential mental health app from MHCC and CIHR

  1. Effectiveness: What is the app’s intended purpose? Can it actually do what it says it will? Is there proof?
  2. Usability: Is the app user-friendly and engaging enough to make people want to keep using it?
  3. Security and Privacy: Does the app clearly state how it will collect, store, use and protect personal health information?
  4. Functionality: What functions does the app offer (e.g., journaling, mood tracking, guided exercises)?
  5. Target users: Who is the intended audience for the app? Is it clear who should or should not be using it?
  6. Inclusion: Does the app consider the needs and preferences of diverse people? How appropriate is the app for people from a variety of cultures?
  7. Price: Is the app upfront about its cost or are there hidden/extra fees?
  8. Transparency: Does the app clearly state the individuals or organizations involved?

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