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Apps for psychological recovery

In this section, we've provided links to a range of apps that aim to help you with your psychological recovery. Many of the apps are designed to help you with stress, sleep, anxiety and low mood. Others use music to help you express and lift your mood. The NHS apps library can be accessed here.


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Web Link: Beat Panic (panic attacks)

Beat Panic is designed to guide people through a panic attack or raised anxiety. The app uses a series of soothing coloured flashcards with messages designed to help you overcome a panic attack in a calm, gentle manner.Beat Panic aims to help you: focus on something else instead of the panic or anxiety slow your breathing, reduce your heart rate and release the tension get perspective on any worrying thoughts and remind you what is really happening *NHS approved. It costs 99p

Web Link: BeMindful (stress, depression and anxiety)

Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. The course is all about practising mindfulness, a mind-body approach to life that helps us relate differently to experiences. Mindfulness involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.You'll complete 10 sessions lasting 30 minutes each that...

Web Link: Big White Wall (stress, anxiety and feeling low)

Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists. *NHS approved and free to use

Web Link: Catch it (anxiety and depression)

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.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,...

Web Link: Cove (using music to express your feelings)

Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. Cove is like a mood journal, except instead of using words to express how you feel, you use music.To create music, choose from six different moods – calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and gentle.Once you've selected your mood, you can add and remove different musical effects.Store your music in a private journal to revisit at...

Web Link: Feeling Good: positive mindset (stress, anxiety and depression)

Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.Feeling Good uses relaxation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and resilience-building techniques to help improve positive feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence. The app offers 4 free audio tracks combining soothing music with gentle coaching.There is also a12-track Positive Mental Training audio programme, which is available as an in-app purchase. The app...

Web Link: Headspace (guided meditation and mindfulness)

This link will take you to the headspace website, where you can read more about and download the app. The app offers targeted meditation and mindfulness for a wide range of issues including happiness, sleep, weight loss and walking, amongst many others. You can sign up for a free trial or subscribe for £9.99 a month.

Web Link: My Possible Self (stress, anxiety and low mood)

Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your emotional well-being. *NHS approved and free to use

Web Link: Pzizz (for better sleep)

The Pzizz app helps you quickly calm your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed.It uses "dreamscapes" – a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects designed using the latest clinical research – to help you sleep better at night or take power naps during the day. *NHS approved. Free to use, with in-app purchases

Web Link: Sanvello (help with stress, anxiety & depression)

This link will take you to the Sanvello website, where you can find out more about and download the app. The app uses mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help people deal with stress, anxiety, depression and general well-being. There is a free version of the app, or you can take out a subscription for access to a wider range of resources and support. The app includes resources and support for self-care, peer support groups (connecting up with other people like you),...