Apps for mental well-being

Managing mental health alone can be difficult, so it’s useful to know that there are apps available that can help. There are lots of mental health apps to choose from in the app store that can assist with a number of different issues. Where therapy can sometimes be expensive, many of these apps are free of charge. They can offer invaluable support and resources, making therapeutic techniques more accessible to everybody. Why not take a look and see what help may be available to you, today.

This list has been compiled by Andover Mind as a guide to apps available to support your well-being. We are not able to recommend individual apps. Please check the suitability of each app, and if there are any cost implications or compatibility issues. Whilst most of the apps listed are free to download, please be aware of potential in app purchases.

Self Heal is a free app to help with the management of self-harm. It offers distraction techniques, advice, self-management techniques, mood boosters and links to other resources such as |RCPSYCH.ac.uk. There is also a direct link to call the Samaritans from the app.

Calm Is a mindfulness app especially designed for people suffering with stress anxiety, low self-esteem and poor sleep. The App offers meditation for a length of your choice. Some features include; music to help relaxation and sleep, masterclasses taught by experts, breathing exercises and daily life skills.

Mood path is a mental health companion that helps to improve periods of low mood and boost well-being. Some features include; assessing your mental health, tracking and reflecting on your thoughts and improving mental health by using CBT techniques. (subscription)

Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.

What’s up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. We particularly love the “Get Grounded” page, which contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. Try it out for yourself.

Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training programme, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.

Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations.

SAM might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but meditation isn’t your thing. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behaviour over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAM’s “Social Cloud” feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support.

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