Mental health apps for teenagers and young people

Apps for anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health.

The following apps for mental health and well being are specifically aimed at young people.

There are a variety of mobile phone apps for anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health — see apps for mental health and wellbeing. Many of them are more suited to adults, but can be used by young people as well. The following are examples of apps that have been designed specifically for young people.

App Features Clinical review
  • Interactive games
  • Teaches CBT techniques
  • Teaches self-help skills
  • Aimed at youth 12 to 19 years
  • New Zealand based
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about SPARX
Aroha chatbot

  • A Facebook Messenger chatbot to guide young people through some activities to help them cope with the  COVID-19 pandemic
  • Web-based
  • Free
  • Read more about Aroha chatbot
Aunty Dee

  • Online tool
  • Problem solving
  • Aimed at Pacific and Maori young people aged 14-25 years
  • Available from Aunty Dee website
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Aunty Dee
Smiling Mind

  • Guided meditation and mindfulness
  • Meditation reminders
  • For young people 7 years and up
  • Tailored programmes for different age groups
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Smiling Mind

  • Self-help tools
  • Education and information
  • Anxiety tracking
  • For teens and young people
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Mindshift

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): aimed at helping young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough time. 
  • PsyberGuide (United States): aims to help people make responsible and informed decisions about apps and other digital tools for mental health.
  • Mind in Brighton and Hove (United Kingdom): aims to promote good mental health.

You may also find the following article useful: Do mental health apps really work? 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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Last reviewed: 10 Dec 2018