VINFEN APP LIBRARY
A curated list of apps to support your health and wellness.
The Vinfen App Committee, consisting of Vinfen staff and people we serve, reviewed and tested smartphone apps that can help support one’s overall wellness.
At Vinfen, we believe self-care is essential and that your wellness stems from the cohesive integration of all dimensions of health including mental, emotional, physical, and social. As a leading provider of supportive services including mental health, we know that everyone has their own unique self-care journey, and the need for access to quick and easy to use resources is more apparent than ever.
Start your self-care journey today with these helpful and convenient apps at your fingertips. All apps are free and available for both Android and iOS. We hope the Vinfen App Library can help support you in reaching your health and wellness goals.
WELL-BEING & MINDFULNESS
Smiling Mind: Free daily meditation and mindfulness app, with age-group specific content that teaches mindfulness to improve overall emotional wellbeing and decrease stress. It is available on both Android and iOS. Visit https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ for more information and links to download the app.
Stop, Breathe & Think: Free meditation app that allows you to check-in with your emotions, and recommends short, guided meditations and mindfulness activities. It is available on both Android and iOS. Visit https://my.life/ for more information and links to download the app.
SUBSTANCE USE & ADDICTION
QuitStart: Free app, developed by the National Cancer Institute, to help individuals become smoke-free. The app helps people manage and get distraction from cravings, and put together a Quit Kit with tips, inspirations, and challenges. It is available on Android and iOS at https://smokefree.gov/tools-tips/apps/quitstart.
Recovery Path: Free sobriety app for people using substances or alcohol. The app incorporates Motivational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Community Reinforcement. It includes a meeting finder, daily schedule, check-ins, places to avoid feature, recovery-oriented activities, and messaging. It is available on Android and iOS at www.recoverypath.com/.
I Am Sober: Free sobriety app that includes an online community where individuals can get support and connect with others. The app can also be used to track triggers and progress. It is available on both Android and iOS. More information and links to download are available at https://iamsober.com/.
DEPRESSION & MOOD TRACKING
Sanvello: Free self-care app to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, and to improve overall mental well-being. It includes mood tracking, short check-in assessments, guided meditations and activities, guided journaling, and an online community. It is available on both Android and iOS at https://www.sanvello.com/.
Daylio: Free, simple mood tracking app that also allows users to track daily activities. It is available for both Android and iOS. More information and links to download are available at https://daylio.net/.
NUTRITION & PHYSICAL WELLNESS
MyPlate: Free app that allows users to track calories, nutritional information, and serving sizes. It also includes healthy recipe ideas, short workouts, and an online community. Available for both Android and iOS. More information and links to download are available at https://www.livestrong.com/myplate/.
Smiling Mind: The app has specific programs related to sleep, utilizing a variety of tools and techniques to help individuals build healthy habits and get a better night’s sleep. Available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. Visit https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ for more information and to download the app.
Vinfen’s App Evaluation Committee & Selection Process
Apps selected to be featured by the Vinfen App Committee are evaluated based on the following criteria: user-friendly, visually appealing, aligns with Vinfen’s mission and services, and the extent to which it addresses the challenges it claims to provide support for. Peer Technology Navigators (people receiving services with skills using technology) also provide input on app organization, ease of use, and accessibility of users with impaired vision or other disabilities. Next, the app is then further assessed using an evaluation tool developed by the Vinfen App Committee that contains over 40 questions to determine which apps to ultimately feature. Vinfen’s app evaluation framework is modeled after the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) App Evaluation Model. Additional components of the review process include evaluating evidence-based information provided by the app and user privacy and security.
The Vinfen App Library is intended to provide supportive, relevant information only. The contents of the App Library are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The app developer is solely responsible for their app’s advertisement, compliance, and fitness for purpose. Vinfen Corporation is not responsible or liable for any advice, services, or products that you obtain through the use of the apps and digital tools listed on the App Library. Any links to other websites or apps are provided only for the purpose of convenience or information and do not constitute a referral or endorsement of any of these sites.
If you would like to learn more about the Vinfen App Library, Vinfen App Committee, or the app evaluation process, please contact Kim Shellenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to suggest an app for the Vinfen App Evaluation Committee to review, email VinfenAppLibrary@vinfen.org.