World Mental Health Day 2023: 5 ways to improve your well-being through Apple iPhones, iPads

On World Mental Health Day, know how Apple is working towards improving mental well-being with its devices such as iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

| Updated on: Oct 10 2023, 19:20 IST
iPhone 15 Plus in Photos: Gets the Dynamic Island makeover
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1/5 The iPhone 15 Plus gets the same 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display as its predecessor, although the peak brightness has now been bumped up to a staggering 2000 nits, which is super useful especially outdoors. However, it still sticks with the 60Hz refresh rate. Therefore, the lack of ProMotion is a bummer. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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2/5 Finally! Apple has got rid of the notch and brought the Dynamic Island, which debuted with the iPhone 14 Pro models, to the iPhone 15 Plus. It is a nifty little feature that is useful when you’re streaming music, navigating routes, ordering food, or doing all of those things simultaneously. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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3/5 The shiny glass at the back is no more, and the iPhone 15 Plus now gets a new soft, matte finish which is less of a fingerprint magnet. While the smartphone’s design is almost identical to its predecessor, it now gets slightly rounded edges which makes it far more comfortable to hold for longer periods. And yes, the iconic mute switch is still here on the iPhone 15 Plus. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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4/5 Lightning is officially dead! After years of resisting peer pressure, Apple has finally adopted USB Type-C, complying with the EU’s new regulations. But we’re not complaining. Apple has provided a nice, braided cable with the iPhone 15 Plus, although the charging speed is still limited to 20W. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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5/5 One of the main changes this year is the camera system. After a couple of generations featuring the same 12MP camera, Apple has finally brought the 48MP camera to the iPhone 15 Plus, and the difference is instantly noticeable, with well-detailed images. With the new Smart HDR 5, photos are now well-balanced with good exposure. Stay tuned for some amazing snapshots in our full review which comes out soon! (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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You can take advantage of a suite of health features on the iPhone. (Apple)

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues and raise awareness towards it. The day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization, and was celebrated on October 10, 1992, for the first time. Some countries such as Australia also commemorate this day as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme of this year's Mental Health Day is ‘Mental health is a universal human right'.

Over the years, the world's biggest tech companies have also made efforts to spread awareness about mental health and improve your well-being. Apple recently announced several new mental health-related features for its devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. These devices have a suite of features that focus on your mental well-being.

Mental health features on Apple devices

1. Mood - iOS 17 enables you to track your mental well-being by logging your moods and emotions on your iPhone or iPad. It provides insights on various factors that might be affecting your state of mind such as lifestyle, stress, sleep cycle, and more.

2. Mental health assessment - You can also take standardized mental health assessments on your iPhone or iPad that are often used in clinics to understand your current risk of depression and anxiety. You can share the results with your psychologist or a mental health expert for further recommendations.

3. Mindfulness app - Formerly known as Breathe, the Mindfulness app on your Apple Watch encourages you to set aside a few minutes a day to focus, center, and connect as you breathe. Users can choose to receive a reminder to start a session at the beginning or end of their day or at scheduled times.

4. Fitness - Physical activity can have a positive effect on your mental well-being, and the Fitness app on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch can help keep track of all your physical exercises. You can set your goals and check your progress. The fitness app also shows your activity details, workout, Mindfulness, and more. With the Apple Watch, you can also keep track of how much time you or your loved ones are spending in daylight.

5. Sleep - The Apple Watch and iPhone work in tandem to track your sleep. You can set your sleep goals such as the number of hours you'd like to sleep, bedtime and wake-up time on your iPhone, and then wear your Apple Watch to bed. It will track your sleep cycle.

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First Published Date: 10 Oct, 19:19 IST