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Mobile Mental Health Apps


MoodMission targets mood disturbances related to depression and anxiety. There have been several scientific investigations of this app (listed below), including a randomized controlled trial. Available on iPhone and Android.

Bakker, D. et al. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of three smartphone apps for enhancing public mental health. Behav Res Ther 109, 75-83.

Bakker et al. (2018). Development and pilot evaluation of smartphone-delivered cognitive behavior therapy strategies for mood- and anxiety-related problems: MoodMission. Cogn Behav Prac 25, 496-514.

Bakker, D, & Rickard, N (2019). Engagement with a cognitive behavioural therapy mobile phone app predicts changes in mental health and wellbeing: MoodMission. Australian Psychol 54, 245-260.

Aizenstros, A. et al. (2020). Engagement with smartphone-delivered behavioural activation interventions: A study of the MoodMission smartphone application. Behav Cogn Psychother, 1-13.


This app focuses on mindfulness meditation for reducing various negative psychosocial factors. It has demonstrated positive effects in a feasibility study and randomized controlled trial (shown below). Available on iPhone and Android.  

Mistler, L. A. et al. (2017). Mobile mindfulness intervention on an acute psychiatric unit: Feasibility and acceptability study. JMIR Mental Health, 4, e34.

Champion, L. et al. (2018) The efficacy of a brief app-based mindfulness intervention on psychosocial outcomes in healthy adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial. PLoS One, 13, e0209482.

Virtual Hope Box

This app focuses on improving emotion regulation and distress tolerance, and is specifically well suited for patients with suicidal ideation. It has demonstrated positive evidence in two studies (shown below). Available on iPhone and Android.

Bush, N. E. et al. (2017). A virtual hope box: Randomized controlled trial of a smartphone app for emotional regulation and coping with distress. Psychiatr Serv, 68, 330-336.

Chen, J. I. et al. (2018). Correlates of mental health smartphone application use among patients with suicidal ideation. J Technol Hum Serv 36, 191-207.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Crisis centers provide 24/7 service via toll-free hotline (1-800-273-8255).

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Patients can call, text, or chat online with support personnel. Phone number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Text number is 88788 (Text "START"). Phone calls or texts do not appear on monthly bill.

Other Resources

UTMB Health Resource Center’s Community Resource Directory: 

Searchable directory of resources by county in Texas. “This directory is available for patients, visitors, staff and students to locate available resources in the community to assist with health and well-being.  Customize your search by scrolling through each box to locate the county and/or service type where resources are needed.”

Texas Health And Human Services Commission’s 2-1-1 Texas 

“Find Help food, health, housing, and more” Searchable online by zip code or call 211.

Galveston Sustainability Communities Alliance resource directory.

“The purpose of using this directory is to better understand the types of resources that are local to the City of Galveston.” It is organized by 16 types of services.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

SAMHSA’s Guide to SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

Site includes more info on SBIRT, including coding for reimbursement. 

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

”SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.”

Child Psychiatry Access Network.

“CPAN is a free behavioral specialist team consisting of child psychiatrists and mental health professionals who provide child and adolescent behavioral health consultations and education opportunities to pediatrics primary care providers. With CPAN, you get unlimited access to UTMB child and adolescent psychiatrists for provider consultations to help address mental health concerns. CPAN is part of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium funded by 86th legislature to improve mental health care for children and adolescent in Texas.”

For more information on Senate Bill 11 and other TCMHCC initiatives please visit:


The Waco Guide to Psychopharmacology in Primary Care.

“The Waco Guide was created by Waco Family Medicine in consultation with faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy. The Waco Guide is intended for use in communities where the mental health need has outpaced psychiatric specialty resources. These decision support tools succinctly reflect standard and advanced primary care mental health practices in adult, pediatric, perinatal, and substance use disorder psychopharmacology.”

Galveston Island Celebrate Recovery
424 19th Street Galveston, Tx 77550

Addiction Recovery Services
Galveston 409-944-4337
Angelton 979-849-2311 or 800-710-4322

Gulf Coast Center
Mental Health, Substance Use Recovery
10000 Emmett F. Lowery, STE 1220
Texas City, Texas 77591
CRISIS: 866-729-3848

Adult Mental Health Clinics, G:

Mainland Community Service Center
7510 FM 1765
Texas City, Texas 77591

Galveston Island Community Service Center
123 Rosenberg, Suite 4
Galveston, Texas 77550

Brazoria County

Southern Brazoria County Service Center
101 Tigner
Angelton, Texas 77515

Northern Brazoria Community Service Center
101 Brennen Lane
Alvin, Texas 77551

Child and Adolescence Services
Galveston County
Mainland Community Service Center
7510 FM 1765
Texas City, Texas 77591

Brazoria County
The Boat House
2352 East Mulberry
Angleton, Texas 77515
979-848-8420 or 281-585-7441

Alcohol Drug Abuse Women’s Center
201 1st Street
Galveston, TX 77550

Coastal Health and Wellness
4700 Broadway
Galveston, TX
Texas City-409-938-2234, 409-938-7221

Gulf Coast Outreach and Assistance Program
Galveston, TX

Family Service Center (Mental Health Counseling)
By Referral

United Way-Victim Assistance Program
2803 53rd street
Galveston, TX 77551
Room 122

Resource Center & Crisis Center
1802 Broadway St
Galveston, Tx 77550
24 Hour HOT LINE 888-919-7233

Family Services Center of Galveston County
409-762-8636 ext.1310
2200 Market Street
Galveston, TX