Stayin’ ‘Appy – Mental Health Apps

In the wake of Mental Health Awareness Week last month, I have been astonished by the amount and variety of downloadable apps designed to help people with mental health challenges.

Whilst these are obviously not a substitute for appropriate counselling and therapy, they may have a role in supporting and aiding conventional therapies and I note that the NHS information pages list a number.

I set out links to a few below but there many more available and some offer direct counselling support on a secure and confidential basis.


A step-by-step online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Feeling Good: positive mindset

Helps relax your body and mind and build your confidence using audio-tracks


Strike up a dialogue with mental health therapists using instant messaging. Confidential and secure.


discussion forum for teenagers and young people on day-to-day issues.

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App

An app that helps you manage fear, anxiety and stress and get to grips with unhelpful thinking


 Connect with a team of sleep experts to help you fall asleep or stay asleep through the night

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Breathing exercises, relaxing music and games to help calm your mind and change negative thoughts

Thrive: Feel Stress Free

Use games to track your mood and teach yourself methods to take control of stress and anxiety

Be Mindful

An online course to help reduce stress and anxiety using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Beat Panic

Overcome panic attacks and anxiety wherever you happen to be



This app helps young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm

Calm Harm

Reduce urges to self-harm and manage emotions in a more positive way


Catch It

Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently

Chill Panda


Use breathing techniques to help you relax more, worry less and feel better




Create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness and anger to help express how you feel

Gabriel Sherliker

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