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Apps to support recovery

An "app" is a term for a computer programme or software that can be downloaded onto your smartphone or mobile device (e.g. tablets and kindles) and used "on the go". There is a huge range of apps that could be helpful to you during your physical and psychological recovery. Many, but not all of the apps that we've included here are NHS approved, free and hopefully easy to use. You may need to be referred by your GP to access some of these apps. Some of the apps that are free to use may, however, include an option to pay for an enhanced version of the app, and doing so is entirely up to you. 


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Web Link: SilverCloud (stress, anxiety and feeling low)

SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace. SilverCloud uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you change the way you think and feel about things. Once registered, you work through a series of topics chosen by your therapist at your own pace, where and when it suits...

Web Link: Sleepstation (better sleep)

Sleepstation is a 6-week online course for people who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. The course is tailored to your needs, using the information you provide, and gives you access to a team of sleep experts who will offer helpful advice and support throughout.After completing a 7-day sleep diary, Sleepstation will review your information and provide personalised advice to help you tackle your sleep problems. By understanding what is keeping you awake and reviewing...

Web Link: SpineWise (back and neck pain)

SpineWise is a desk exercise app designed by an NHS Spinal Specialist Physiotherapist, to help prevent and treat back and neck pain. It provides access to simple, quick and convenient exercises to help release muscle tension, build strength and improve posture. It is aimed primarily at people with desk-based occupations, but can be used for anyone wishing to prevent and treat back and neck pain. *NHS approved. It costs £2.99

Web Link: Stress & Anxiety Companion

Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life's ups and downs.Stress & Anxiety Companion uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you change the way you think and feel about things.Use the app to help manage your stress and anxiety at home or on the go with breathing exercises, relaxing...

Web Link: Thrive (game-based app for stress & anxiety)

Thrive uses games to track your mood and teach you methods to take control of stress and anxiety. Learn relaxation techniques like meditation and deep-breathing to help you cope better with stressful situations and manage negative thoughts.The app's Mood Meter lets you track your mood, the emotions you feel and the situation you were in at the time. It then reminds you of how you reacted on a previous occasion to make your feel better. *NHS approved (under re-assessment) and free to...

Web Link: WorryTree (helping you deal with worries)

WorryTree helps you record, manage and problem solve your worries and anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.WorryTree is for you if: You're looking for a simple, practical and easy to use app to manage your worries and anxiety You want to be able to make a plan for dealing with a situation you're worrying about You struggle to remember what helps you to feel calm when you're feeling anxious *NHS approved and free to use