Useful Apps

Stay Alive

A pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is an award-winning app that uses the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.


Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We’ll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up in light sleep – the natural way to wake up, feeling rested and energized. No need to place your device in bed – Sleep Cycles uses sound analysis sleep tracking.


A free Mood Tracker app that lets you easily chart your daily highs and lows, sleep, medications, and other symptoms related to common mood disorders. 

Send printable reports to your doctor and receive valuable insights about your triggers and mood patterns.

PTSD Coach

This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies. Users can customize tools based on their preferences and can integrate their own contacts, photo

Beat Panic

The Beat Panic app uses a series of soothing coloured flashcards with messages designed to help you overcome a panic attack in a calm, gentle manner. It aims to help you:

  • focus on something else instead of the panic or anxiety
  • slow your breathing, reduce your heart rate and release the tension
  • get perspective on any worrying thoughts and remind you what is really happening
  • overcome the urge to flee

What’s Up?

An app that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. The “Get Grounded” page contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. 

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. Provides self monitoring, external links, self-help options and a closed social network of users.


Silvercloud provides a wide range of supportive and interactive programmes, tools and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues. These programmes address wellbeing, life balance, time management, communication skills, goal setting, communication and relationship management, anger management, stress management, relaxation and sleep management, among many others. 


Elefriends is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a place to share experiences and listen to others.


An evidence-based app to prevent and manage stress, anxiety, and related conditions. It uses easy to learn clinically proven techniques to help you live a happier, more relaxed, stress-free life.

The app helps you monitor your mood and teaches you relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep muscle relaxation that with practice have shown to help people cope better with stressful situations. It also has a ‘thought trainer’ programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy to help you manage those negative thoughts. With no rules to use the app, you are free to jump in for 3 minutes to relax before a stressful situation or use more regularly to improve resilience and keep stress under control.

Northumbria Self Help

NTW’s Self Help app gives you access to the full range of 23 mental health self-help guides, which have been written by NHS clinical psychologists with contributions from service users and healthcare staff. 

Covering common mental health issues like abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, anger, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, health anxiety, hearing voices, panic to anger, domestic violence, obsessions and compulsions, panic, post traumatic stress, postnatal depression, self harm, shyness and social anxiety, sleeping problems and stress. Our guides contain useful tips and hints as well as self-help techniques.


An anonymous peer to peer social network aimed at young people. A space to share feelings and secrets, give and receive support, and connect to other support organisations. Moderated to safeguard users and eliminate online bullying.

The Cypher app allows users to:

  • anonymously share their thoughts and feelings
  • post comments, ‘hugs’, ‘hearts’ or ‘me2s’ on what others share
  • instant message others in their support network
  • use the ‘Get support’ function to connect with other support organisations
  • pick a virtual pet who gets happier the more good they do


Cove is a free app for anyone who wants to express through music what they might struggle to say with words. To create music, the user chooses from six different moods – calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and gentle. They then add and remove different musical effects. Music can be stored in a private journal to revisit at any time. Personal thoughts and tags can be added.