Stress, anxiety and depression

Apps for mental health

Apps are a convenient way to look after your mental health and to tackle mental health problems like anxiety, stress and depression.

These mental health apps* have been reviewed and recommended by the Camden and Islington Psychological Therapies Service, iCope, and most of them are free. Why not give them a try?

Mindfulness and relaxation

Stop, Breathe & Think

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

A straightforward app that provides short mindfulness and meditation exercises with clear, helpful graphics. Choose different audios depending on your mood, and rate your mood before and after. You can also monitor ups and downs in your mood each week via your own personal dashboard.

Recommended for: anyone experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or low mood.

Headspace

Price: Free for 10 mindfulness exercises, then you’ll need to pay a subscription.
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

Described as a "gym for the mind", this app offers 10 free mindfulness exercises with audio and excellent graphics. The 10-minute exercises are designed to fit around your everyday life, and can be used on the go. The app also offers reminders and a personal progress page.

Recommended for: anyone experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or low mood. 

Calm

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

An app that provides a wide range of guided audio meditation, relaxation and mindfulness tracks and exercises. You can also choose from a selection of calming scenes, including logs burning in a fireplace or a beach at sunset, to enjoy on your phone.

Recommended for: people experiencing stress, mild anxiety or low mood.

Stress and anxiety

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Price: £3.99
Available on iTunes only.

This app helps you learn about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It allows you to record and challenge negative thoughts, and turn positive thoughts and learnings into handy photo reminders. You can also access a variety of breathing and relaxation exercises, plus some fun brain teasers to interrupt anxious or negative thinking. 

Recommended for: people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or stress, and to use while having CBT or for self-management during and after therapy.

Pacifica

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

A straightforward app that allows you to track your mood and health behaviours (sleep, diet, alcohol) over time, set daily goals, record thoughts, access relaxation exercises and connect with others in groups centred around different problems. Includes some CBT techniques.

Recommended for: people experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or low mood, and to use while having CBT or for self-management during and after therapy.

Worry management

ReachOut WorryTime

Price: Free
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

This app is designed to help you stop worrying so much by scheduling specific times in the day for worrying. It improves your awareness of negative thought patterns and helps you let go of unhelpful worries. The app uses CBT-based techniques.

Recommended for: people who are experiencing difficulties with worry, to use while having CBT or for self-management during and after therapy.

Depression

Catch It

Price: Free
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

A CBT-based app that helps you to track your thoughts and feelings, and keep a mood diary. The app encourages you to challenge negative thoughts by asking: "What would you say if it was somebody else?".

Recommended for: people experiencing mild to moderate depression, and to complement your therapy when you start having CBT, and for self-management during and after therapy.

Sleep

CBT-I Coach

Price: Free
Available on Google Play and iTunes.

A CBT-based app that offers practical ways to manage and improve your sleep. The app provides tips and information about sleep, plus a sleep diary so you can monitor your sleep patterns. It also helps you set sleeping and waking times to improve your sleep, and suggests relaxation and worry-management techniques.

Recommended for: people who have problems with sleep. You can use it on your own or with the support of a therapist. Helpful for self-management during and after CBT work for insomnia.

To see apps reviewed and recommended by the iCope service for eating disorders, alcohol management, PTSD and suicide prevention, visit the iCope website.

* These apps were reviewed by mental health clinicians and are recommended on the basis of online app reviews, published feasibility studies and positive feedback from iCope service users. Note that these apps are developed by third parties. Camden & Islington Foundation Trust takes no responsibility for managing the security of your data while using these apps.

 

 

Page last reviewed: 06/01/2017

Next review due: 06/01/2020

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