A therapist in your palm
While your best bet is definitely to contact depression hotlines like the free one offered by the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) – 080 021 2223 – there are a few mobile apps out there that can make managing your depression a little more interactive.
The Talkspace therapist’s vote. app gets the AN APP Talkspace Cost: Free Available on iOS at the App Store and on Android at the Google Play store
This inspiring bit of human-focused tech is basically like having a professional therapist in your pocket.
After a free online consultation with one of the hundreds of professional psychologists and psychotherapists registered with Talkspace, the app sets you up with a personal therapist, and you can begin your text therapy sessions.
You need to pay $25 (R379) a week for the service from that point onwards, which THAT guarantees you immediate contact with a therapist 24 hours a day. This sounds expensive, but when you consider what it costs to sit in a session with an actual therapist for an hour, it isn’t too bad. The app is also regularly updated with treatment programmes, and includes treatment for social-media dependency. It is supersecure and can be enabled with a personal password to protect your conversations. Research suggests that online therapy may be more effective than traditional therapy, so this app may just be worth your while, at least until a South African version is developed.