Wellbeing apps

Please note that some of these apps may incur a cost, or include in-app purchases.

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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 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.  

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.  

iOS

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. 

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
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

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

Sanvello 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

 

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

Free

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

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

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 Wellbeing 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.

 
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