The Actissist app is Best For You’s app of the month for November 2023.
The Actissist app is designed to support people who have experienced psychosis to access helpful strategies.
One of the main features of the Actissist app is interactive support. It covers a number of topics that are often relevant for people who experience psychosis, including hearing voices, suspicious thoughts, feeling criticised, getting out and about, weed and cannabis. Users can answer questions about the things they’re experiencing and how much their experiences are bothering them, and Actissist will suggest helpful coping strategies they could try.
There are also fact sheets covering a range of topics, from self-esteem and making friends to drug use and confronting problems. And you can set wellbeing-focused goals, like leaving the house or speaking to others.
Other features include a chill out area, with relaxation and mindfulness audios with both male and female voices. For example, users can listen to relaxing audio about being in peaceful settings or follow an audio-based body scan.
There are also suggested coping strategies with practical ideas, including ways to connect with others, do something soothing, and be mentally active.
Users can watch videos about other people’s stories of recovery within the app, but there are also useful links to other resources, including relevant TED talks, websites, and blogs. There’s also information about emergency contact numbers and helplines from organisations. If you need urgent help, go to the Get help now page.
Under the main menu of the Actissist app, users can find a diary, where they can indicate how they’re feeling and type in some information about why. They can also see their progress, with graphs that show how often they work on specific areas of the app and how much they’ve indicated that certain things (like feeling criticised or hearing voices) have affected them.
Finally, there’s space for users to add a photo. This is designed for people who have worked with a clinical team or psychologist to make a formulation (an understanding of their difficulties, usually in the form of a diagram).
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About the Best For You app library
There are thousands of apps that claim to boost wellbeing, but it can be difficult to know which ones you can trust with your mental health and wellbeing.
Best For You worked with ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps) to create the Best For you app library. Every app in the library has been tested to make sure the information it contains is accurate – and that the app is safe and trustworthy too.
You can search the library for specific apps to see if they’ve been reviewed. You can also search by condition (for example, depression) or symptom (for example, feeling anxious) – and you can search for apps to support with specific things, for example, meditation or mindfulness. The library also has lists of top-rated apps for various topics. Find previous apps of the month on the Best For You website.
You can filter the apps shown, for example, to only show apps that will work on your device or to only show apps that are totally free.
Visit the Best For You app library and start your journey to finding apps to support your wellbeing.
Using the app library as a professional who works with young people
Professionals in north-west London can sign up for a ‘pro’ account on the Best For You App Library, which will allow them to ‘favourite’ apps they often recommend and send specific app recommendations straight to young people by text or email. If you’re a professional in north-west London who’s interested in a ‘pro’ account, please email BestForYou@cwplus.org.uk