Using self-help apps for IOS and Android

With the use of mobile technology changing the way that we communicate and look after ourselves you may find an app that will help you continue to maintain good wellbeing. Below are a list of apps you may want to explore.

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Stop, Breathe, Think
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A straight forward app that provides short mindfulness and meditation exercises with good graphics. Users can choose different audios depending on mood, and rate mood before and after. Recommended for anyone experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or low mood.

Headspace
£ – Free (10 mindfulness exercises) (IOS & Android)

A user-friendly app for mindfulness. Offers 10 free mindfulness exercises with audio and excellent graphics. Advanced exercises require a subscription free. Sessions fit into everyday life, and the app offers reminders and a personal progress page. Recommended for anyone experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety and low mood.

Calm
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A user-friendly app that provides guided audio meditation, relaxation and mindfulness tracks and exercises. App opens with view of the sea and sound of waves. Suitable for people experiencing stress or mild anxiety or low mood.

Sleep

CBT-I
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A CBT-based app designed to help users to make practical changes to manage and improve sleep. Provides psycho-education on sleep, a sleep diary to monitor sleep patterns, how to use sleep restriction, as well as relaxation and thought balancing techniques. Recommended for standalone use supported by a therapist, or self-management during and post CBT work for insomnia.

Alcohol Management

DrinkAware
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A helpful app that enables users to set goals and make practical changes around alcohol consumption. Has an alcohol diary where users can track alcohol use and calculate money spent on alcohol. Users can set goals and learn about risks associated with heavy drinking and health benefits of reducing alcohol use.

Stress & Anxiety

Stress and Anxiety Companion
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A user-friendly CBT-based app that enables users to learn about CBT, record and challenge thoughts, create personal flashcards and access relaxation and mindfulness exercises. Recommended for people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or stress. Recommended to use as an adjunct to having CBT or for self-management during and post therapy.

Pacificia
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A straight forward app that enables users to track their mood and health behaviours (sleep, diet, alcohol) over time, set daily goals, record thoughts, access relaxation exercises and connect with groups centred around different problems with some CBT techniques. Recommended to use as an adjunct to having CBT or for self-management during and post therapy.

Depression & Low Mood

Catch it
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A user friendly CBT-based app for people experiencing mild to moderate depression. Enables users to learn how to notice their feelings, rate emotions, and monitor and challenge thoughts with an emphasis on thought challenging techniques. Recommended as a useful tool to complement therapy at the start of CBT and for self-management during and post therapy.

Worry Management

ReachOut Worry Time
£ – Free (IOS & Android)

A user-friendly app for people who are experiencing difficulties with worry. It enables users to try to reduce disruptive worries. Provides self-help exercises to help users schedule a time to worry, improve awareness of thought patterns and let go of unhelpful worries. App uses CBT-based techniques. Recommended to use as an adjunct to having CBT or for self-management during and post recovery.