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Mental health & wellbeing apps

 

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Apps for students

Apps for anxiety, panic, stress and depression

Apps for staying safe - self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Apps for sleeping

Apps for students

AppDescription  Cost Download

Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand is an app designed for students with Autism, including Asperger’s and Mental Health issues and is funded by DMU for eligible students. Potential students must  attend a minimum of 3 set up sessions to get the most out of this app. It can help students who sometimes find it difficult to make decisions, respond to everyday problems, and self-manage their anxiety. It is also an excellent tool to improve independence, reducing anxiety, and building strategies and solutions for managing change.   Free

To request a licence, please email the Disability Team.

Emoodji

Designed to help with the ups and downs of university life, including stress, homesickness, workload, exam pressure, sleep problems, eating, housing, alcohol, drugs and low self- esteem. Take a selfie, choose an emoji that represents your mood and send it to friends – and track your mood over time.    Free

iOS

Android

ESC Student

The Expert Self Care app enables students to gain answers and information on common health questions in seconds. Includes information on:

  • Alcohol & drugs 
  • Healthy living
  • Travel and fun
  • Love & sex
  • Women’s and men’s health
  • Long-term conditions
  • Safety - including staying safe on campus,
  • Navigating health services

and lots of useful links to useful resources. 

79p

iOS

Android version coming soon



Apps for anxiety, panic, stress and depression
 AppDescription  CostDownload 
Anxiety United Social network to share experiences and gain information and advice, with a free resource centre.  Free  Android

Beat Panic

Aims to help the user to calm and control breathing when experiencing panic. Guides the user through panic attacks and high anxiety.  79p  iOS

Big White

Wall

Anonymous online community for people struggling to cope with anxiety in a variety of forms. Trained ‘Wall Guides’ ensure member safety. Enables you to express yourself by creating a ‘brick’ to go in the wall. Can take assessments to track your progress against your goals.This app is free in some areas from the NHS, universities and employers; otherwise, it may require a £24 joining fee. You can check whether you qualify for free membership via the postcode checker. See website

iOS

 

Android

Calm Teaches mindfulness, calming techniques and meditation with the aim to improve mood.  Free

iOS

 

Android

Depression

CBT Self

Help Guide

Help to manage depression, relaxation audios, a diary, articles and CBT suggestions. Free Android
MindShift Helps the user to highlight what situations can cause anxiety and to draw up a personal plan to cope better with these situations. Includes detailed information on perfectionism, worry, test and performance anxiety, social fears and panic. Contains motivational and inspiration quotes.  Free

iOS

 

Android

MoodTools Questionnaire, videos on guided meditations, soothing sounds and TED talks focusing on aspects of depression. A comprehensive section on thought records and how to make them. Activity session in which you rate mood before and after activity. Section on having developing a safety plan.  Free

iOS

 

Android

Pacifica Based on CBT with mindfulness and relaxation to improve wellbeing, for release from anxiety and stress.  A detailed section on setting goals and lists ideas of goals in many areas of life including work and education, friends and family, romance, strangers, eating, destinations, speaking and performing, transportation, relaxing and random activities to build confidence.  Free

iOS

 

Android

SAM Tracks anxiety daily, in terms of worrying thoughts, unpleasant physical sensations, avoiding fears and feelings of anxiety. Comprehensive self- help section, including psycho-education and normalising, ways to physically relax and mentally relax, the impact the way we think has on anxiety and some nice tips for getting started. There is a social cloud if users wish to share how they feel with others using the app. Free

iOS

 

Android

Stress Tips Advice in the form of audio clips, from people who have also experienced stress and anxiety.

79p (iOS)

 

69p (Android)

iOS

 

Android

Stop Panic & Anxiety Focuses on Panic Disorder and controlling panic to relieve the fear of panic and panic attacks.

Free

Android

Toxic Thinking Promotes awareness and teaches prevention of toxic thinking. Includes help on recognising the indicators, knowing what action to take and knowing who to involve. Free

iOS

 

Android

Wellmind An NHS app. Advice and tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing. Functions to help  monitor moods, get crisis help and use relaxation audio tracks. Free

iOS

 

Android

What's Up Immediate ways to manage anxiety. Includes a Catastrophe scale to put problems into perspective and forums to talk with others.  Includes uplifting quotes and affirmations. A detailed and visual section on coping strategies including thinking patterns, metaphors, how to manage worries and getting started with some positive steps. There is a personal section to track how you feel by keeping a diary, a positive habits and negative record.  Free

iOS

 

Android 

Apps for staying safe - self-harm and suicidal thoughts

 Name DescriptionCost  Download
Calm Harm Aims to help users to express feelings in constructive ways and to use small tasks to help distract from thoughts of self-harm. Interactive and colourful, it gives a menu of 5 minute and 15 minute rule distractions to choose from which include ‘comfort’, ‘express’, ‘distract’, ‘release’ and random action based activities. 
 Free

iOS

 

Android

Crisis Card In a health crisis this app provides a ‘call for help’ button, to the support network that you’ve set up, it provides details of what you may need and potentially where you are without you needing to talk.  Free iOS
Safety Net Includes a comprehensive step by step safety plan which includes warning signs, internal coping strategies, social contacts and settings as distraction, family and friends who can offer support, professionals who can help and making the environment safe.  Free Android
Stay Alive

Access to national helplines, personalised mini-safety plan, how to help others who may be suicidal.

Free

iOS

 

Android

 

Apps for sleeping
 App DescriptionCost  Download
F.lux Smartphones emit a blue light which affects our circadian timing. f.lux adjusts the colour of the light that your phone emits; which in turn, helps your circadian timing. Free 

Android

 

Desktop

Sleepio Sleepio is a six week sleep improvement program, based on the latest Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. It is clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night and feel better during the day.   Free 

iOS

 

Desktop

Sleepbot  SleepBot tracks your sleep activity in order to help you get a good night’s rest and wake you up at just the right time. The app’s smart alarm lets you set a range of times to be woken up, with the app deciding to trigger the alarm based on your sleep activity. Also  includes a range of sleep tracking metrics (such as a sleep debt log) and has detailed information to help you learn about smart sleeping habits.   Free

iOS

 

Android

Sleep Cycle Sleep Cycle takes the scientific approach to waking you up after a good night’s rest. It  records your sleeping habits for tracking sleep quality over time. It draws on sleep cycle theory and aims to wake you at just the right time to ensure optimal rest. Users set a window of time (say a 30 minute stretch) instead of a traditional pinpoint alarm time, and when the app judges that your sleep movement is just right, it will ring the alarm to wake you.   Free 

iOS

 

Android

Sleep Deep with Andrew Johnson Listening to Deep Sleep will help you gently drift into a deep, natural sleep every night.Through a range of relaxation techniques and visualisations, Deep Sleep will help you enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of a regular, deep sleeping pattern. 

£2.99 (iOS)

 

£1.89 (Android) 

iOS

 

Android

Pzizz 

Pzizz helps users slip gently into sleep using a combination of music, words, sound effects and binaural beats to help you de-stress and re-energize. Once users set a listening duration (10 minutes to 10 hours), pzizz generates a unique sleeping soundtrack for you. Users can adjust the volume levels of music, sound effects and vocal tracks to achieve the desired effects. 

Free 

iOS

 

Android 

DISCLAIMER: These apps are not associated, affiliated, endorsed or sponsored by DMU. The DMU Counselling team have selected apps which you might find useful for information and as possible self- help tools. We cannot guarantee that they will work for every individual but would like to bring these apps to your attention and enable you to take responsibility for selecting one’s which you feel might be helpful to you.  

All information about apps, including pricing and availability, is correct at the time of publishing. Some apps may offer in-app purchases. Please check prices and details before buying.

 

We are very interested in your feedback if you do use any of the apps listed and would be grateful if you could drop us an email, letting us know what was useful and what wasn’t so helpful @ susan.ward@dmu.ac.uk

 

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