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WellTrack: A Hidden Resource at BC

Unbeknownst to many, BC’s University Counseling Services offers free access to WellTrack, an app designed to help users understand and maintain mental health. The app features functions such as MoodCheck, which tracks your daily mood, as well as modules on stress, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, it has a section for mental health resources and services at BC.

The app’s tools are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on identifying negative thoughts and behaviors in order to promote positive coping mechanisms. While the app usually requires a pricey subscription at $9.99 for one month or $100.99 for a year, these costs are covered by University Counseling Services.

Though the app does not have great reviews, receiving 3.3/5 stars on the App Store, there are several helpful aspects to it. Unfortunately, there has not been considerable promotion of this resource at BC. There is no advertisement of this app or other mental health services at orientation, during Welcome Week, or in any other capacity at BC. Below is a brief walkthrough of the app’s features. . 

App Setup: 

  1. Download the WellTrack for free in the App Store.
  2. Create an account using a BC email address.
  3. Enter additional information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, school year, etc.
  4. Take the Wellness Assessment, which consists of 27 questions about your habits, different physical and mental tendencies, academic standing, financial concerns, addictions, stress, and depression. The Wellness Assessment provides evaluations on your depression, stress, and anxiety levels.

App Features: 

  1. MoodCheck is the primary tool in WellTrack and is intended for daily use. In order to define patterns and triggers, the app tracks current mood and thoughts as related to who you're with, where you are, or what you're doing.
  2. The tab “Courses” features two programs to learn about mental health and “improve thoughts, behaviors, and mood.” There is a five-week program about anxiety and stress, and a six-week program about depression. Each module consists of videos about each topic and how to address concerns.
  3. The “Resources” section divides BC’s offerings into six categories: Academic, Financial, Sexual Violence, Addiction, Health and Wellness, and Safety and Security. The app provides websites and phone numbers for many different resources under the umbrella of each of these categories.
  4. On the more interactive side, the “Tools” section has guided meditations, a thought diary, a cognitive distortions quiz, achievement assessments, and a positive activity scheduling service.
  5. Under the profile section, there is an option for emergency help, which connects the user to a Psychological Emergency Clinician

Overall, WellTrack does have some interesting features that can be used to check in on your mental health status or simply how you are feeling on a certain day. Moodcheck is a great way to reflect on your emotional health at any given time. Likewise, the “Tools” section contains several engaging activities that are a bit more hands-on. These can be beneficial to relax, organize your schedule, and write down your thoughts.

WellTrack is a great, free option for BC students, but everyone has their own preferences for how they manage their mental health. If WellTrack is not your vibe, try other self-care apps like Shine, Sanity & Self, #Selfcare, Happify, and Moodpath.