Mental health and emotional wellbeing apps

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The apps featured on this page have been shared with our clinicians from young people who have found them personally helpful. The list of apps should not be interpreted as approved by LPFT children and young people services or the NHS. The NHS has no control over the contents of those sites or resources. They have not been tested or assessed by the NHS. The apps have not been verified or approved by the NHS. The views expressed in the apps do not represent the NHS’s views or values. The app developer is solely responsible for their app's advertisement, compliance and fitness for purpose. Apps are not supplied by the NHS, and the NHS is not liable for their use.

If you wish to complain about any of the apps listed in this booklet, please contact the app developers. Please also contact us at to make us aware of the content which you are complaining about.

The list of apps is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You should speak to your clinician before taking or refraining from taking any action on the basis of the content of these apps. Although the CAMHS service makes reasonable efforts to update the list of apps, we do not guarantee that the list is accurate, complete or up to date.

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Calm Harm

Calm Harm is a free app available on all mobile devices. It is private and password protected. Calm Harm provides tasks that encourage you to distract yourself from the urge of self harm or unpleasant thoughts. It can help you manage your thoughts in a more positive way.

There are friendly characters throughout the app. You can also suggest activities that will help others!


Cove is a free app accessible on the app store or Google Play. Distract yourself by creating music to capture your mood and express how you feel. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger.

Cove is almost like an audio mood tracker as you create music based on your mood or emotions that day.

Catch It

Catch It is an app which can help ‘track’ your mood. It can be useful for anyone wanting to understand their moods. Catch It is available on all smart mobile devices. The app uses three simple steps to record your mood. It also uses principles of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help you change the way you think and feel about things.

Chill Panda

Chill Panda is a free app for children and young people who may want to learn how to manage stress and worries. It uses the camera to measure your heart rate and practice breathing techniques as well as 'POGA' (Panda Yoga). This app is available on all devices.

It can sometimes feel like it’s for younger children, but it’s still fun. It links physical feeling to emotions.

Eternal Sunshine

Eternal Sunshine is a free app but it is only available on IOS devices. This app include daily notifications of positive quotes, daily inspiration, meditation exercises and inspirational podcasts.


The SAM app has been developed by the University of the West of England in Bristol. The SAM App is a free app which can help you to understand what causes your anxiety. It helps you monitor anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.

Worry Time

Worry Time is a free app that is based on a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique. It allows you to schedule ‘worry time’ to reduce constant worries that may be taking up a large part of your day.

The app has a feature where you are able to record worries. It can also alert you to your scheduled worry time. The app also allows you to set a password to keep your thoughts private.

Insight Timer

The basic package for Insight Timer is free. Insight Timer allows you to listen to guided meditation or music tracks. Insight Timer also allows you to time your own sessions, track your statistics and set reminders to meditate.


Moodpath is a free app available on iPhones with iOS 12.0 or later. This app gives you the ability to assess your mental health, track and reflect on any changes. Moodpath also has feature where you can improve certain areas of your wellbeing such as sleep. You can learn different techniques through audio exercises.

Kids Skills

Kids Skills is a free app available on the app store and Google Play. This was developed by Dr Ben Furman and his team to help children and young people overcome problems or difficulties. They focused on finding solutions and learning skills along the way.

Kids Skills follows a step-by-step method to support children to learn skills to solve their problems. This can also be helpful for parents and professionals.


STOPP is a free app available on the app store and Google play. This app can support you in stopping cycles of low mood and anxiety, and other behaviours such as worry, self-harm and avoiding situations.

It uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques to make changes in how you think, feel, act and your emotions.

Mindful Gnats

Mindful Gnats is a free app designed to help young people learn mindfulness and relaxation skills. There are different games to play and techniques to learn. This app uses mindfulness and aims to help young people feel less worried and incorporate mindfulness into their lives.

This app is available for iPhone and Android phones.

Worry Tree

Worry Tree is an app based off a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approach of worry management. This app has been designed to help people record their worries, manage these and problem solve issues that arise. This is a free app available on the Apple and android app store.

MindShift CBT

MindShift CBT is an app which uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) principles to help manage anxiety and worry. The app helps with learning how to relax, mindfulness and developing effective ways of thinking.

This app can also be helpful to manage phobias and panic too. This is a free app available on iPhone and Androids.

Stop, Breathe, Think

Stop, Breathe, Think is a friendly app designed to support you in learning ways of meditation and relaxation. You are able to customize this app for your own needs, making it accessible for all. This is a free app available on iPhones and Android phones.


Dailyo is a well known app which lets you create a journal of how you feel each day and the activities you have been doing. This can be a helpful therapeutic tool which could be used alongside professional support. This is a free app available on Android and iPhones.


Youper is an app designed by scientists and engineers, which uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to personalise the app to suit your needs. This app can be helpful for anxiety and depression, and helping you reformulate thoughts and worries.

Relax Melodies

Relax Melodies is a free app available on the app store and on Google Play, with in app purchases. With over 100 sounds to listen to, this app helps to assist with sleep, meditation and relaxation. You have the chance to make your own music and melodies.

CBT Thought Diary

CBT Thought Diary can be used separately or alongside therapy. It is a useful way of tracking your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours of the day. Based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) principles, this app helps you to track your emotions and thought patterns, enabling you to reflect and challenge these. This is a free app available on the app store and google play.


ThinkNinja is designed for children and young people aged 10-18, to help learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing. This app can also help you to learn skills to cope with life stressors when feeling low or anxious. There is a virtual personal aid called the Wise Ninja.

I am Sober

I am Sober is a free app that aids in staying 'sober' from a variety of different mental health problems. The app has a feature that allows you to track your 'sober' days and helps you to build new habits.

The app is for all ages and can be personalised to the individual. The app also includes milestone trackers, pledges, reminders of why you quit, and analysis of your triggers.


The basic version of this app is free. Calm has a daily 'Check-ins' feature. This allows people to record and track their mood, things they are grateful for, reflections and sleep. These are then compiled into a diary where trends can be observed. The app also has a simple breathing exercise, where the duration can be adjusted.