This mental health app wants to improve your mood

(Image credit: Woebot Labs Inc.)

Many of us are finding things really hard right now, and sadly the thing that's making things so difficult for so many – COVID-19 – is also making it hard for people to access the support that could help them. What if technology could step in?

That's the promise of mental health apps such as Woebot (free on iOS and Android), which is being described as 'the future of mental health'. It's a 'therapeutic relational agent' – in other words, a chatbot for therapy. The idea behind the app is that you check in every day and talk to it just like you'd talk to a human therapist; through a combination of AI and natural language processing it can understand and adapt to your emotional and cognitive state, helping you discover ways to feel better. 

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Carrie Marshall

Carrie Marshall is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, broadcaster and musician from Glasgow, where she lives with her two children, a greyhound and more guitars than are strictly necessary. A professional writer since 1998, Carrie is particularly interested in how technology can help us live our best lives and has written thousands of features, columns, reviews and news stories for a huge range of magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications including T3, Techradar, MacFormat, BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend.