Our Wellbeing team has recently been involved in Mental Health Professionals Network seminars: Working collaboratively to support students experiencing exam anxiety. Here are some apps that were recommended to assist students and parents.
Apps for Stress, anxiety and panic
- com is described as a sanctuary in your pocket. It’s all about relaxation and meditation using visual imagery and calming sounds (Free).
- Smiling mind describes itself as modern meditation for young people. Its aim is calm, clarity and contentment. (Free)
- Worry box, anxiety self-help is a virtual box to contain your worries. It’s like an interactive diary, but it also asks questions about whether the worry is controllable or important. (Free; Android only)
- Let panic go is an app for use by someone having a panic attack (Free).
- Anxiety free relies on more than meditation: hypnosis. It provides 30 minutes of audio used to place your mind in an ultimate relaxed state (Free; iPhone only).
- Breathe2Relax breathing exercises for anyone who feels a panic attack coming on. It’s also recommended for anxiety, anger management, and mood stabilisation (Free; iPhone and Android).
Apps for Depression
- MoodKit offers CBT ‘homework’ for young people to improve their mood, recording events and feelings, and rating their mood along the way.
Apps for Better sleep
- Relax melodies is 46 pieces of music to help those who can’t sleep, or are anxious about getting to sleep, to do it better (Free; iPhone and Android).
- Nature sounds relax and sleep has a wide selection of nature-inspired sounds like waterfalls and ocean waves to lure you to sleep (Free; Android only).
- Calming music to simplicity is a music app designed to relieve stress and encourage sleep using nine ancient balancing tai chi practices and related Chinese music (Free; Android only).
- DeepSleep incorporates guided meditation to help overcome insomnia. It can be customised and has an alarm for waking up.
- Sleep Time estimates rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycles while you sleep to help someone gain a better understanding of their sleep habits.
Apps for Body image
- Body Beautiful promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls.
Apps for Self-injury
- iCope, developed by mental health nurses, offers alternatives to deliberate self-harm by providing practical and easy steps to distract, displace and seek-help (Free; iPhone only).
Apps for Resilience
- SuperBetter is an online game that supports young people to achieve health-related goals by increasing resilience.