How can I help myself?
MENTAL HEALTH APPS
There are many apps out there that you can use to support your mental health and wellbeing. All these are available to download free from the App Store.
Anna Freud website has information and guidance on self help apps.
Some good Apps include:
For Me is a discreet Childline app that gives you access to: 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor, 'Ask Sam' problem page and a space to track your mood and write down your thoughts privately. Topics include issues such as school and exam stress, personal issues, self-harm and mental health.
Child Bereavement UK have developed an app for 11-25 year olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.
Calmharm is an app that provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
distrACT provides information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It is free, and available for anyone over the age of 17.
In Hand helps you to focus yourself when you are feeling low or are in a moment of stress. Once the app knows how you feel, it will take you through steps to help you feel better.
Smiling Mind is a free app that helps put a smile on your mind. The app takes you through guided meditation.
Stem4 Support with self-harm provides activities to support you with urges to self-harm (comfort, distract, express or release).
Thrive helps to manage and prevent stress and anxiety. It is suitable for all aged 11+ and uses games to help track your moods, suggest ways to control stress and anxiety, and teach relaxation techniques. The app is free to download, but charges may apply for access to all functions. and available for anyone. Alternatively you may be able to access the YMCA trinity group version via your school. Click here for more information.
Student Health App created by NHS doctors, provides reliable health information for university students.
Big White Wall provides information, advice and self-help guidance about mental health, as well as access to a peer-support community. It is free, and available for anyone age 16+.
Anxiety Canada have a free app called 'MindShift™ CBT' which "uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety."
Healios have launched Thinkninja an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.
Other helpful websites that are worth taking a look at...
Doc Ready can help you feel more confident when you go to see your GP about a mental health issue.