Mental health and wellbeing apps overview

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

There are a variety of mobile phone apps for anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health. They can help you learn about your condition, figure out whether your medication is working, record details about your symptoms and some provide tools to help you manage mental health problems. The Health Navigator team has reviewed some mental health and wellbeing apps that you may like to consider.

Mental health and wellbeing apps

All Right?


An app for people wanting to learn relaxation breathing techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Read more about All Right?

Aroha chatbot


A chatbot for young people (13–24 years old) to help them manage their worries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about Aroha chatbot

Aunty Dee


A New Zealand based wellbeing tool to help people cope with stressful life experiences through support with problem solving. Read more about Aunty Dee

Bite Back


An online, self-guided program, for youth (aged 13–16 years old) to help promote mental wellbeing and prevent or manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. Read more about Bite Back

Breathe2Relax


An app for people wanting to learn relaxation breathing techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Read more about Breathe2Relax

Calm Harm


An app to reduce the urge to self-harm. Read more about Calm Harm

CBT-i Coach


An app designed in collaboration with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support veterans having trouble sleeping. Read more about CBT-i Coach

CPT Coach


An app for people who are experiencing ongoing PTSD symptoms. Read more about CPT Coach

Groov


An app to improve mood, manage anxiety and stress, and maintain overall wellbeing. Read more about Groov

Happify


An app for anyone who would like to improve their personal well-being and learn more about positive psychology. Read more about Happify

Headspace


An app for people who want to learn and practice meditation. Read more about Headspace

Just a Thought



A self-guided internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression. Read more about Just a Thought

Manaaki Ora


An app to provide guidance and self-help tips for improving well-being. It can also be used to help others who might be going through hard times, distress or depression. Read more about Manaaki Ora

Melon


A health and wellness app with a variety of programmes. This review is of the COVID-19 programme. Read more about Melon

Mindshift


An app to help teenagers and young adults cope with anxiety. Read more about Mindshift

oVRcome


An app for people who have a phobia or fear and want to overcome it. Read more about oVRcome

PE Coach 2


An app to support people with PTSD while having therapy with a health professional. Read more about PE Coach 2

Positively Pregnant


An app for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, who want some tools for managing stress and maintaining wellbeing during pregnancy and in the transition to parenthood. Read more about Positively Pregnant

PTSD Coach


An app created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more about PTSD Coach

Sanvello – stress & anxiety app


An app to help you manage stress and anxiety. Read more about Sanvello – stress & anxiety app

Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM)


An app by the University of West of England to help people cope with anxiety. Read more about Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM)

Sleepio


An online 6-week sleep improvement programme with a focus on sleep compression/restriction therapy. Read more about Sleepio

Smiling Mind



An app for children, adolescents and adults who want to practice mindfulness and meditation. Read more about Smiling Mind

SPARX



A New Zealand based online program for young people with depression, anxiety and stress. Read more about SPARX

Staying on Track



To help New Zealanders cope with stress and disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about Staying on Track

SuperBetter



SuperBetter is a motivational app that comprises a series of games and challenges. Read more about SuperBetter

Thinkladder


An app to help people cope with depression and anxiety. Read more about Thinkladder

Togetherall


Togetherall is a digital mental health support service available online 24/7. Read more about Togetherall

Virtual Hope Box


An app that helps people cope with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Read more about Virtual Hope Box

Wellmind


An app to help people cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Read more about Wellmind

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

An app for people attending a WRAP programme. Read more about Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Whitu 7 Ways in 7 Days


An app for young people aged 16–25 years, who feel over-whelmed or stressed in their current situation. Read more about Whitu 7 Ways in 7 Days

WOOP


An app to help you change your habits. Read more about WOOP

 

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.

  • ReachOut.com (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?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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Last reviewed: 10 Dec 2018