An Online Guide to Mental Health Apps: Dr. Michael Knable

On previous episodes of Brain Waves, I have featured a couple of software programs for helping people with mental illness manage their symptoms, namely Dr. Sophia Vinogradov’s adaptation of PositScience Brain Fitness (now BrainHQ), and In recent months there has been a dizzying proliferation of such programs, many as apps on mobile devices. To help people decide which of these programs may be most helpful to them, IMHRO offers a new website called PsyberGuide profiles and rates these programs and apps. In this month’s Brain Waves segment, Dr. Michael Knable, PsyberGuide’s Project Manager, joins us to tell us about its service.

The Q&A period is now over, but you are welcome to watch the video and peruse the comments below. Many thanks to all who participated!

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Wow!  What a remarkable website.  I've shared this with our daughter's psychiatrist and cognitive behavioral therapist as well as others I know in the mental health community.  There is so much potential with this website to improve lives nationally and globally.
I have a question about mental health apps in general.
What is the likelihood of mental health apps (for coping) becoming available in adolescent mental health settings when other coping tools (ie musical instruments, art supplies, pets, etc.) are not allowed for a variety of reasons?
Thanks so much, Gayle

Thanks for your kind note. I have not seen too much in the way of apps for adolescents. i have seen a couple of programs that allow parents to monitor their kids activities on the internet and track some emotional responses but they are not available yet as far as I know. I think apps for adolescents are a great idea though as it is frequently difficult for professionals to establish a good rapport with teenagers.

Hi Gayle,

I have encountered a promising website called Journal 2 Save Your Life. It aims to empower adolescent females at risk due to anxiety and depression. It just launched on February 14 after a 1-year pilot program. See

Also, the cognitive training program I benefited from in the 1990s was an early version of "Fast Forword", a K-12 brain training program now used in many schools. Learn more at

All the best,


Thank you Dr. Knable and Brandon,
I just checked our journaltosaveyourlife and will share it with my daughter...great site.  And we will checout the K-12 brain training program as well.
Brandon, it sounds like the cognitive training programs really helped.  Is that the program you used with Dr. Vinogradov?
Again, thank you both so much, Gayle

Dear Dr. Knable,
First let me say that what you are doing is definitely important and much needed and I’m very pleased it is being done so many more people can seek help.
My question is: In these programs, could there perhaps be some differences of opinions on types of methods that can be useful. Will ideas and suggestions be made on what clients can do to help themselves with little confusion and less chances of being misunderstood?
Another reason for me liking what you’re doing is because I’ve been a client and volunteer for Recovery International. RI has been the oldest self-help mental health organization for over 76 years. Dr. Abraham A Low was the founded of RI in 1937 and also of the Recovery Method. This Method later took on another name called: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy all though we, in RI continue to call it the Recovery Method. If possible, I would be happy to speak with you further Doctor Knable and Brandon about and
Thank you,
Tony Ferrigno

Thank you for your kind words. You are right that there are many differences of opinion on how these products work. That is why we are trying to sample a lot of people and come up with an average, or overall, inpression. We have a long way to go before there are enough data that people can use and filter to pick the best fit but we are trying. The situation is similar for medications, where we have big trials that say things work in a large population, but there are always some individuals for whom they don't work, or produce terrible side effects. 
I have know bout RI for a long time and have seen a lot of people connected with local affiliates. I think it is a great program.

Thank you Gayle, Tony and, of course, Mike for your participation in Brain Waves this week. I hope to see you all March 26-28 for an involving discussion with Dr. Roger Kathol about the integration of behavioral healthcare and physical healthcare.

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