The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

Patients can use the VHB to store a variety of rich multimedia content that they find personally supportive in times of need. For example, a patient can include family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, inspirational quotes, music they find especially soothing, reminders of previous successes, positive life experiences and future aspirations, and affirmations of their worth in their VHB. A patient can also collaborate with their provider to create coping cards to use in response to personal problem areas they experience. Finally, the VHB provides the patient with positive activity planning, distraction tools, and interactive relaxation exercises including guided imagery, controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.

What’s New

Version 1.4.8

Clarified the error message for users who don't have Touch ID or Passcode enabled on their device

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
273 Ratings

273 Ratings

Mabnng ,

SO helpful! But passcode protected.

I LOVE this app. It is so helpful. I’ve pulled it out in multiple situations. However, yesterday I was triggered so so bad. I was shaking, panicking, and disassociating. When I was able to think enough to open the app I couldn’t get it open because my brain couldn’t think enough to put in the 4 digit pin. I tried so many times that I locked myself out, of the app and my entire phone. Only today when I tried to open it again to see if I could change the pin or remove that setting I was able to read that it said the pin for my device. I really really wish I could remove this setting. I do not have anything to hide within my VirtualHopeBox and all brain function is lost when in distress, which is the point of the app, that I couldn’t use. I know it sounds so simple to be able to put in a device pin, but when needing the app the most, I can’t read or think. Could you please make it an option to disable the need for a pin.

Amaye Kasandori ,

Photo Trouble

This is such an amazing app, and I’m glad that I found this. I have Trichotillomania, so it’s proved itself to be a good way to distract myself and get my hands away from my face. I only wish that you didn’t have to keep the pictures you use for photo puzzles on your phone, because I just spent an hour and a half downloading pictures, cropping some to fit better as a puzzle, then deleting all of them to keep room on my phone. After removing all of those pictures, only two were left in the app because they were still on my phone. If the developers of this app happen to read this, could you please make it so I don’t have to keep the pictures on my device as well? It would be a lot easier that way.

levi pierce mcdaniel ,

this helps me a lot with suicidal thoughts

this app helps me when I’m feeling suicidal by giving me quotes, allowing me to enter my own pictures of my loved ones to do picture puzzles and supplying me with hotlines I can call if I hurt myself or need help. im not a part of the military but found this app through a friend whose therapist recommended it. im sad that my app crashed though, i can’t open it anymore so I deleted it and am redownloading it now. stay safe readers, sending love to anyone who uses this app for similar reasons or is needing an app to help them cope with self destructive behavior.


National Center for Telehealth & Technology
49.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, German, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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