A few weeks ago I was asked to review a very special new app: Thrive.
Thrive is a smartphone app, designed to help people with mental health problems. As you all know, I am an avid supporter of anything that will improve mental health and wellbeing. I’m an even bigger supporter of anything that prevents mental health issues occurring in the first place, so I jumped at the chance to try out a new app. Especially as recently I have been struggling with my own mental health.
About a week later I received a link to download the app and given access to the resources. I was intrigued to see what I would find. Having tried other online courses before, I was curious to see how this one would be different.
Loading Up Thrive
On opening Thrive, I was greeted with a cute island layout and a friendly character. I was asked a few questions about my mood and some background into what was making me feel this way. All the data the app collects is encrypted to keep it confidential so I was comfortable giving my honest answers.
I liked this layout, it’s cute and friendly. I certainly didn’t get that clinical feeling that I have experienced in the past with other resources. Thrive is all evidence based, using recognised assessments, but it was nice not to feel like I was sat in a doctors office.
Goals Goals Goals!
Then I was given some suggestions of activities which I could do to work on how I was feeling and improve things. There was also the option to change them if they were not something I liked the sound of. I also liked that it suggested thing for me to do outside of the app, such as going for a walk or meeting up with friends. I think this is a great way of showing that the app can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle. It isn’t a replacement for going out and having fun, but a resource to include with those things.
Each day on logging in, the app asked me the same questions on the Mood Meter and recommended new goals. I liked this as it showed me how I was improving, especially when I didn’t feel like I was getting better.
One particular goal I liked was completing the meditations. When I’m feeling particularly anxious or stressed, I have tried dong these before. Using the app made this easier as it guided me through the practice and made me feel more satisfied with the practice. I also liked that the app gives you the option as to how long the meditation could be, meaning it could fit into whatever free time I have.
Overall I really liked this app. It is friendly and fun, making the activities more enjoyable. I didn’t feel like I forcing myself to do it like I have in the past with other resources. There are also some lovely little games you can play, including a zen garden. Plus the added option to send someone a caring message in a bottle. I loved this feature so much!
Thrive has certainly helped me improve my wellbeing in an enjoyable way. Plus, as it’s on my smartphone I can access it anywhere and at anytime. I would recommend this app to anyone looking for a less clinical way of improving or safeguarding their mental health.