Apps and Other Resources
There are so many apps available, free and paid, it is hard to know which any good are and which will suit you. Where possible the apps listed below are free to use and have been recommended by clinicians (although that doesn’t mean they will suit everyone). Most are also available on Android and Apple.
*NB App descriptions are taken from google play store or app website.
A general well being site with resources including links to Alma https://www.almahealth.co.uk/
which is a dedicated health and wellbeing website developed by the NHS and councils in Cheshire and Merseyside for Cheshire and Merseyside & includes links to NHS approved online therapy programmes.
ORCHA health app evaluation and advisor organization.
There are a number of ORCHA reviewed apps that can provide support. You can search any health related topic via the link below to find a suitable app.
NHS assessed mental health apps https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/
Mersey Care's Self Help App
Gives you access to a range of mental health self-help guides. These guides, some of which have been commended at the British Medical Association Patient Information Award, have been written by NHS clinical psychologists with contributions from service users. A PDF viewer is required to read the guides.
Here are some Specific Apps you may find helpful:
The ACT Companion
Develop and practice the skills you need to be present, open up & do what matters - with dozens of simple, yet powerful, interactive ACT exercises & tools based on the best-selling book, The Happiness Trap, by Dr Russ Harris.
It is available free of charge until the end of June. Just download the app from the Apple app store or Google Play store and then enter the code TOGETHER on the subscription page to unlock all the app content for three months. The code is valid until the end of June.
NB: Unfortunately the app is not compatible with the latest version of Android, so may not be supported on some newer Android devices.
Developed for Veterans, Service members, and other people who are in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in consultation with a therapist. It offers exercises, tools, information, and tracking logs so you can practice what you’re learning in your daily life.
A comprehensive app that covers all aspects of Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
Learn and practice ACT skills using video lessons and fun animations which helps you to remember skills longer. Features over video lessons and easy to read content from some of the leading ACT Practitioners and researchers in the world. You can also take notes on these lessons for future use.
Headspace (need to pay to access additional content)
The Headspace app makes meditation simple. Learn the skills of mindfulness and meditation by using this app for just a few minutes per day. You gain access to hundreds of meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus.
Smiling Mind is program developed by psychologists and educators to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all. It 100% not for profit & includes an extensive library of mindfulness programs for all ages and purposes.
Stop Breathe & Think
Another extensive mindfulness app with exercises for all ages and purposes. A lot is free to access but extra can be unlocked with a subscription.
Created by the VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), PTSD Coach offers from a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, positive self-talk, and anger management. You can customize tools based on your own individual needs and preferences, and integrate your own contacts, photos, and music.
Coping with distress or suicide thoughts
Stay alive (Free to use)
A pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
An app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private & password protected.
Gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention. (free)
Virtual Hope Box
The VHB contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking. You can use the VHB to store a variety of rich multimedia content that you find personally supportive in times of need, e.g. family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, inspirational quotes, music you find especially soothing, reminders of previous successes, positive life experiences and future aspirations. It provides positive activity planning, distraction tools, and interactive relaxation exercises including guided imagery, controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.
With this DBT app you will quickly get a random distress tolerance skill to do. In addition, for each module, Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Managing relationships and Distress tolerance, are the skills represented and tutorials for these. Contains over 150 different suggestions on skill exercises. There is also the opportunity to create your own crisis list so you will always have it with you.
DBT Travel guide
This app is meant for people who are following a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme or want to start with such a programme. DBT provides tools for people to regulate their emotions and control their impulses. The DBT Travel Guide contains more than 200 different skills and mindfulness exercises. The app can provide support in moments of crisis through its crisis section.
For Anxiety or Low Mood
An evidence-based app designed to help you combat anxiety, aiding you on your road to recovery. It designed for those suffering from General Anxiety, Phobias and Social Anxiety.
SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management (Free to use)
SAM is an app to help you understand and manage anxiety. The app has been developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE, Bristol. SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts & behaviour over time & manage your anxiety through self-help exercises & private reflection.
iChill provides simple information about how stress affects the mind and body and guides you in the use of a set of wellness skills based on the Community Resiliency Model, a set of wellness skills. iChill is designed for all ages - children, teens and adults of all ages.
Designed by Trauma Resource Instituite The Trauma Resiliency Model® and Community Resiliency Model® are designed to help individuals understand the biology of traumatic stress reactions and learn specific skills to return the body, mind and spirit back to balance after experiencing traumatic events.
Mood Tools - Depression Aid (Free to install. Contains in-app purchases)
If you are feeling sad, anxious, or depressed, lift your mood with MoodTools. MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.
The app contains several different research-supported tools.
Happify - Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, 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.
Calm (not free)
Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music.
Sanvello (Sanvello premium access is free to everyone during the COVID-19 crisis—no action required.)
Whether you manage an ongoing condition like anxiety or depression, deal with stress; have acute stress or anxiety related to an event like coronavirus; or want to improve your overall mental well-being, Sanvello aims to help you understand your thoughts, moods and behaviors. It claims to provide clinically validated techniques to help you manage your moods and thoughts, so you can understand what works for you to feel better.
* This app should be available on apple & android but at the time of typing the google play link isn’t working.
Catch it (Free to use)
Catch It is a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, to help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary. The app was designed to illustrate some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, and specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Mind Shift is designed specifically for teenagers 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.