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Mental Health App Development: Essential Features, Benefits and Cost


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The World Health Organization says that about 11% of people in the world have some kind of mental illness. In the context of these numbers, Covid-19 events and global confronts are two things that make people think about their mental health. Getting quick answers and psychological help from a distance is becoming increasingly popular. As a result, healthcare professionals have made more than 10,000 apps to help with mental health. This subject has become very popular in business, and we can't avoid it.


Furthermore, we are building a Meditation App and enjoyed asking our customer to share her ideas on developing mental health apps. We appreciate her desire to help, which made this piece even more informative and essential.


Why is creating apps for mental health a good idea for a startup?


Creating a Mental health app can be a great idea for your new business if you're ready to invest time and money to make a new and useful healthcare app. Despite a growing awareness of health importance, people avoid therapists due to long-term therapy costs, time constraints, difficulty finding specialists, the stigma of severe mental problems, fear of privacy breaches, and the embarrassment of discussing personal issues with unknown professionals.


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Mental health app development: types 


There are a lot of different mental health apps available online, and each one is made to help with a different problem. The goal of making these apps was to improve mental health, provide therapy support, and make it easier to deal with certain mental health problems. Here is a list of the various types of mental health programs that are currently available.


  1. Applications that assist in managing anxiety and depression. These apps help people deal with the signs of worry and sadness by giving them mood-tracking and self-help material.


  1. Applications for Mental Disorders. Help people who have certain mental illnesses, like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or PTSD; keep track of their symptoms, tell them to take their medications, and give them psychoeducational materials.


  1. Addiction helpers. Help people who are dealing with drug use disorders or behavioral problems by giving them tools to deal with urges, keep track of their recovery, and form better habits.


  1. Eating disorders apps. Help people with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder by planning meals, teaching them how to cope, doing awareness exercises, and connecting them with others in the community.


  1. Self-development apps. Encourage skill development, habit tracking, and personal progress. Pay attention to self-esteem, emotional intelligence, stress management, and efficiency.


  1. Mindfulness and meditation apps. You may promote calmness, stress relief, and mental clarity by using mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, and instructional materials.


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Also, applications to make appointments for solo treatment sessions and couples' psychiatrist consultations are mental applications.


*We suggest using apps as additional tools to improve one's emotional well-being, not as a replacement for therapist appointments.


As we said at the beginning of the article, our customer is now developing her meditation software. Therefore, we will ask her questions about this process. We anticipate that her insights and experiences will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the development landscape in mental healthcare app development.


First of all, we would like to thank you for participating in this article. As we know, there is now an active boom in mental healthcare development. So, let's start with a question about your motivation to create an application with medication.

I was driven to create the "BELIEVE" app by my passion for helping business professionals manifest success using practical strategies. The primary idea behind the application is to combine the power of hypnosis and the principles of the Law of Attraction. By doing so, the app offers users guided meditations and hypnosis sessions that not only help them relax and focus but also enable them to attract success, wealth, and positivity into their lives. As a best-selling author, hypnotherapist, and speaker specializing in these fields, creating a digital tool to reach and assist millions globally was crucial.


Mental health app development benefits

The development of psychological and mental health apps is vital in today's environment, not only for psychological hospitals and medical facilities but also for independent professionals. As digital health technology advances swiftly, mental health apps deliver substantial advantages to hospitals and patients. Let's outline the benefits.


  • Remote therapy and improving mental health are now possible. For example, having such an app on your phone is useful when you can’t access surrounding clinics.

  • Mental health apps help improve the quality of treatment by making it easier to track and collect data. It is possible to gather and monitor data there.

  • Gets users more involved. As an example, think about meditation apps. If someone gets used to a specific meditation style and voice of a likely guide, they are far more likely to keep using the product as long as it's easy to get.

  • User-Friendly Interface. We become used to our constant mobile phones over time. In addition, mobile mental health applications significantly improve the ease of treatment by removing the limitation of physical location. One of the biggest problems with standard psychologist visits is that you have to talk about personal issues with people you don't know. This problem is removed.

  • Safety. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent wars in Ukraine and Israel have underscored the importance of accessing psychological assistance without needing in-person contact or leaving a safe place.

In 2024, making a mental health app takes careful thought about many best practices to ensure it works well, makes users happy, and is an overall success. For example, the app should have a consumer-centric design, secure measures, and multi-platform support. Also, speaking about trends for 2024, we couldn’t mention the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT): Leverage wearable tech for comprehensive data collection, providing insights into users' mental and physical well-being.


One of the competitive advantages of developing a mental health care app is the possibility of collaborating with professionals. In other words, partnership with mental health experts to enhance app credibility and align content with established practices for effectiveness.


Could you describe the main issues or requirements the application aims to solve for your target audience?

The "BELIEVE" app is rooted in the fundamental principle of strengthening the mindset of its users. In the challenging world of business and entrepreneurship, mental resilience and a positive attitude are paramount. The main issues the app aims to address include:


  • Mindset Barriers. Many professionals and entrepreneurs grapple with self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and fear of failure. Our app offers tools and sessions to break down these barriers, fostering a growth mindset.

  • Stress and Anxiety. The pressures of the business realm can be overwhelming. "BELIEVE" provides guided meditations and hypnosis sessions to help users manage and alleviate stress, ensuring they remain focused and clear-headed in their decisions.

  • Manifestation of Success. Beyond relaxation, the app teaches users how to actively manifest their goals and desires using the Law of Attraction principles. This proactive approach empowers users to take control of their destiny.

  • Continuous Learning and Growth. A strong mindset is not a one-time achievement but a constant journey. The app offers a platform for ongoing learning, with updated content and teachings to ensure users are equipped with the latest strategies and insights for mental fortification.


Top 7 core components for mental health program


When making a mental health app, you need to think carefully about what features can help people stay mentally healthy, provide healing support, and provide a safe and helpful environment for users. 


Let's review the essential features that should be included in a mental health application.


  1. The registration process is straightforward and uncomplicated. As we said above, there are a lot of mental barriers in the way of someone who wants to see an expert or, in this case, use technology. Don't let app registration become one of them.

  2. Personal user profile. With a personal page, users can add important information, set personal goals, and see how they're doing. The profile should be easy to use and flexible to give the user a better experience.

  3. Chatting with consultants over audio and video using apps. A mental health app's voice and video chat features can help users directly talk to their chosen mental health professionals. Programs for psychiatric problems should include an emergency feature, so panicked patients may call a doctor.

  4. A self-control system. Users need a self-monitoring display to keep track of their ideas, feelings, and actions over time. For instance, a diary helps keep track of meditation and growth. 

  5. Effective daily reminder notifications. With the mental health app's customizable notes and messages feature, users will always remember to go to therapy, take medicine, do breathing exercises, or update their mood trackers.

  6. The calendar is crucial when discussing timetables and appointments with therapists.

  7. Profile for the therapist to monitor each patient's growth.


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A step-by-step guide for mental health application development


Before development process


1. Identify and investigate the audience you are targeting. Design usability elements all depend on the target audience's age and preferences.

2. List the issues your product is meant to solve.

3. Find a trustworthy worker to carry out your plans. To make a good mental health app, you need to think about experts (stakeholders) who can give you information about problems and issues in the field. Selecting an appropriate technical partner is crucial since even the most brilliant concept may be ineffective via lousy execution. We advise taking into account development teams that have developed successful mental apps. 


Development:

  1. We are developing a prototype to illustrate possible functionalities to be included in the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The prototyping process involves simulating the anticipated capabilities of a future mental health application.

  2. Design and front-end stage with UIs and interface validation, responsive wireframes, and, in the end, conversion from design to clean code.

  3. Mobile development with tests in between each version.

  4. Release the first version or creation of the Minimum Viable Product.

  5. Progressing on the technical implementation of all planned features and completing testing.

Once all the testing has been completed, you may release the app and encourage users to download it from the App Store or Google Play Store.




Keeping the mobile app relevant requires regular changes and improvements, which is crucial to stress. Analytics must include identifying user preferences and barriers. Additionally, keeping up with business changes and monitoring competitors is very important.


In our article, we show steps to create a mental healthcare app. In other words, shows the technical side. Could we ask you to share with our readers what technology stack you use for development and how you communicate with the development team?

While I'm not deeply involved in the technical details, our app is being developed using a combination of React Native for cross-platform compatibility, PHP, Laravel for the backend, MySQL for Database, and AWS for Hosting and cloud services. The Muteki Group would have more detailed insights into the complete technology stack.


My communication with the development team has been professional and collaborative. While we faced challenges with a previous company that under-delivered, my experience with the Muteki Group has been positive. We maintain regular check-ins, and I appreciate the team's proactive approach to understanding my vision and providing solutions that align with the app's goals.


We appreciate your response to the questions. Your replies will give our readers great insights into the mental health app industry. As a last question, could you comment on the current trends in meditation app development?

Currently, meditation applications are focusing on personalization and AI-driven content. Users want tailored experiences that cater to their specific needs and moods.

Additionally, there's a rising trend of integrating mental wellness with physical health, so many apps offer combined meditation and fitness routines. Gamification and community-building features are also becoming popular, allowing users to track their progress and connect with like-minded individuals.


Mental health program development costs


Estimating the development cost can be challenging without knowing the specific business idea. Several factors can influence the final price. The intricacy and quantity of functions directly impact the app's development cost. According to Business of Apps, a simple app may cost $16,000 - $32,000, medium complexity apps range from $32,000 - $48,000, and highly complex apps can reach $72,000. However, we recommend not relying solely on these figures and encourage you to reach out for a more precise pricing assessment. The Muteki Group has a track record in creating mobile applications for mental health, and we'd be delighted to discuss your concept and provide a tailored cost estimate.

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