World Mental Health Day on October 10 is meant to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. And this year’s theme “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right” is a reminder that everyone should feel supported regardless of where you are, how old you are, or what you do. The Day brings mental health issues across the globe to the forefront and helps to mobilize efforts in support. And that theme is such an important reminder for us all. Especially now.

Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people. (source: World Health Organization)

Where do we start? There are many resources out there but we recently discovered new features with Apple to help support our mental wellbeing. Now, millions of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users around the world can access additional features.

Here are a few ways you can use your Apple devices to support your mental wellbeing:

NEW State of Mind: Research shows that reflecting on one’s own mental state can help build emotional awareness and resistance. The new State of Mind feature on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch allows you to log your momentary emotions and daily moods, seeing valuable insights on what might be contributing to your state of mine — whether it’s associations or lifestyle factors, such as sleep or exercise.

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NEW Assessments: On iPhone and iPad, you can access the same depression and anxiety assessments often used in clinics to understand your risk level. You can share these results with your care team for more informed conversations.

Apple Health App

Mindfulness: The Mindfulness app on your Apple Watch encourages you to set aside a few minutes a day to focus, center, and connect as you breathe. You can even create a Breathe watch face that encourages you to relax and breathe mindfully through the day.

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Meditations: Fitness+ offers meditations to help users develop a regular meditation routine and improve their overall sense of well-being. Users can choose from 10 themes including Kindness, Gratitude, Awareness, Calm and Sleep.

Sleep: Sleep plays an important role in both physical and mental health. Tracking is a good start, but the Sleep experience on Apple Watch and iPhone goes further. It helps you create a schedule and a bedtime routine so you can meet your sleep goals, even during the busiest of times.

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Activity: Research shows the connection between physical activity and mental wellbeing, along with spending time outdoors. You can use your Apple Watch to take walks or hikes, and see your data in the Health app, along with how much time you’re spending in daylight with our new feature. With Fitness+, you can tune into Time to Walk, an inspiring audio experience on iPhone and Apple Watch, designed to help people walk more often, featuring some of the world’s most interesting and influential people who share stories, photos, and music.

Apple Watch - Time to walk