Anxiety apps

There are a variety of apps to help you manage anxiety. They can help you learn about your condition and track your symptoms, as well as provide tools to help you feel better.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. However, if you feel worried or anxious so often that it interferes with your day-to-day life, learning some new skills can make a big difference. Read more about anxiety

Here are a few apps that Health Navigator has reviewed.  

App  Features
Clinical review


  • Guided relaxation
  • Education and information
  • Read more about Breathe2Relax

Depression course (Just a Thought)

Generalised anxiety (Just a Thought) course


  • Guided meditation
  • Meditation reminders
  • Meditation tracking
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free trial; paid subscription for full content
  • Read more about Headspace

Just a Thought

  • An online course about generalised anxiety 
  • Developed in New Zealand
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) lessons
  • Action plans
  • Available online
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Just a Thought

If guided by a relevant health professional with phone or email follow up:

If self-guided:


  • Self-help tools
  • Education and information
  • Anxiety tracking
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about MindShift

Sanvello – stress & anxiety app

  • Goal setting
  • Wellness tools such as mood and health habit tracking
  • Relaxation and coping activities
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free (basic), paid upgrade
  • Read more about Sanvello - stress & anxiety

Free version: 
Two out of five stars

Paid version:

Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM)

  • Self-help tools
  • Education and information
  • Anxiety tracking
  • Trigger recording
  • Discussion forum
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM)


  • CBT self-help
  • Developed in New Zealand
  • Insights and affirmations
  • Alerts and reminders
  • Available from iTunes
  • Cost: NZ$4.49
  • Read more about Thinkladder

Virtual Hope Box

  • Games
  • Meditation exercises
  • Activities to reduce stress
  • Motivational quotes 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Virtual Hope Box


  • Online community
  • Goal setting
  • Diary
  • Self-guided courses available
  • Available online- free for Auckland DHB residents
  • Read more about Togetherall

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) app

  • Wellness toolbox section
  • Daily and post-crisis plan
  • Stressors and early warning signs
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about WRAP

Reviewed apps that are no longer available

Learn more

As there are so many apps to support mental health and wellbeing, we have not been able to review all those available. We have instead identified independent organisations that have reviewed these apps:

  • (Australia) helps young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times
  • PsyberGuide (US) helps people make responsible and informed decisions about apps and other digital tools for mental health
  • Mind in Brighton and Hove (UK) promotes good mental health.

You may also find the following article useful: Do mental health apps really work? Patient Info, UK

Disclaimer: Health Navigator’s app library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

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