The Voda app is Best For You’s app of the month for January 2024.
The Voda app is designed to help LGBTQ+ people learn self-care, manage stress and anxiety, and manage queer-specific issues.
The content on Voda leans on a few different types of evidence-based psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
The app has topic-specific guided ‘cognitive journaling’: helpful audio tracks with prompts to pause and journal in the app (or on paper, if you prefer). The tracks cover a range of topics, from wellbeing-related things like low mood and anxiety, to queer-specific issues like coming out, overcoming internalised stigma, and coping with gender dysphoria.
In Voda, shorts represent short, audio track meditations that cover topics like self-soothing, releasing frustration, and practising gratitude.
It also has ‘moments’ – small mindful activities you can swipe through anywhere. Moments have a variety of focuses including gratitude, visualisations, and breathwork. You’ll find moments based on queer joy, nature, personal growth, and even winding down for bed.
Finally, you can choose to get a ‘Daily Voda’ with a feature that uses AI to give personalised advice and suggest an activity based on your answers about how you’re feeling and what’s affecting your wellbeing.
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