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Apps to help with children and young people's mental wellbeing

Lots of these apps are also suitable for adults but you can find more on our Berkshire Healthcare website.

Chillpanda

Suitable for age: 6-12 years (can also benefit over 12s)

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing by measuring your heart rate and following tasks to suit your state of mind. It helps children and their parents and carers understand different emotions, and introduces skills to help regulate these including breathing techniques and calming games.

Getting started: Visit the Chill Panda website

Clear fear

Suitable for age: 11-19. Younger uses can use the app with the support of a parent, carer or teacher.

Uses mindfulness, relaxation and breathing techniques to help young people learn ways to reduce their physical responses to threat. 

Getting started: Visit the Clear Fear website

 

FearTools – Anxiety aid

Suitable for age: 12+

Helps you combat anxiety, aiding you on your road to recovery. It’s especially useful for those suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, and Social Anxiety Disorder.

Getting started: just download the app and go. Visit the FearTools website

Mindshift CBT

Suitable for age: Young people and adults

Uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you understand what anxiety is, learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. 

Getting started: Download the app, create an account and go. Visit the Mindshift CBT website.

Molehill Mountain

Suitable for age: 12+

For young people with autism, it provides daily evidence based tips on how to understand and manage anxiety. Track your worries and the situations that trigger anxiety, get evidence-based daily tips to understand more about anxiety, and feel more confident to self-manage your anxiety.

 

Getting started: Visit the Molehill Mountain website 

 

 

 

Combined minds

Suitable for age: Aimed at family and friends of teenagers who have a diagnosed mental health condition, but can also be used for other age groups and for those who may show symptoms without formal diagnosis.

Aimed at helping family and friends build the right environment for the young person to better manage their mental health recovery, as well as empower family and friends in their strength to support them.

Getting started: Visit the Combined Minds website

Mee Two

Suitable for age: 13+

100% moderated social support app where young people can talk to others and open up about difficult things. They'll receive peer support, expert help and access to creative resources to help with mood. They'll receive positive feedback and social support to confidence, increase wellbeing and promote emotional resilience.

Getting started: Visit the Mee Two website

Think Ninja

Suitable for age: 10-18

Educates young people about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provides skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. It covers issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, or having unhelpful thoughts. The user is coached by the WiseNinja, powered by artificial intelligence and the skills of a clinical psychologist.

It also contains specific Covid-19 related content including fears relating to the virus, isolation worries and how to connect with your family and friends, worries about yours or your families health, and coping techniques that can be used.

Getting started: ThinkNinja is being made free until July. Visit the ThinkNinja website 

WRAP - Wellness Recovery Plan

Suitable for age: 4+

WRAP lets you create your own personalised plan to help keep you well by recording what makes life more difficult for you and what helps you - you can then email this to anyone you want to have a copy.

Getting started: just download the app and go.

Catch it

Suitable for age: 12+

Helps young people change the way they feel and think about themselves. It teaches you to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing. 

Getting started: Visit the Catch it website

 

Cove

Suitable for age: 4+

Described as a musical journal for your mental health. Using music you can capture your feelings and emotions in sound to create a musical mood journal. Helps with anxiety, using journaling and melodies to improve mood.

 

Getting started: Visit the Cove website 

 

Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

Suitable for age: Any age. Children's meditations are separated into age groups 5 and under, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, 12+

Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation. Learn to reduce stress, build resilience and sleep more peacefully through age specific mindfulness and meditation.

Getting started: Download the app and after the free trial there is a subscription fee.

Insight timer

Suitable for age: 13+

Learn to relax and manage everyday life in the present moment through one or more of the 1,000s of free meditations available from a variety of countries and renowned mindfulness teachers.

Getting started: just download the app and go (courses are paid).

MoodTools - Depression Aid

Suitable for age: 12+

MoodTools lets you easily track and record your mood, helps identify what things are having an impact on your mood, and suggests activities you could try to improve your mood.

Getting started: just download the app and go.

Smiling mind

Suitable for age: 3+

Helps with anxiety and overall mental wellbeing. Using mindfulness and meditation to help young people and their parents and carers focus on areas such as stress, relationships, sleep, and concentration. 

Getting started: Visit the Smiling Mind website

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Calm Harm

Suitable for age: 12+

Find practical tips and strategies for managing and resisting the urge to self-harm and reducing suicidal thoughts, including a personal journal and self-monitoring tools.

Getting started: just download the app and go.

Self-heal

Suitable for age: 12+

Includes activities and other resources to take charge of your behaviour and reduce self-harming right now and in the long term. Suggestions for ways to distract yourself, useful contacts and information on self-harm.                      

Getting started: Visit the Self Heal website

Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

Helps with: Mindfulness

Suitable for age: Any age. Children's meditations are separated into age groups 5 and under, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, 12+

How can it help: Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation. Learn to reduce stress, build resilience and sleep more peacefully through age specific mindfulness and meditation.

Getting started: Download the app and after the free trial there is a subscription fee.

Pzizz

Helps with: Sleep

Suitable for age: 4+

How it can help: Calm your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed using audio and dialogue to aid sleep.

Getting started: Download, create account and go. Sleep and nap tracking features are free, advanced features are paid for. Visit the Pzizz website.

Sleepful

Helps with: Sleep

Suitable for age: 12+

How it can help: Follow a self-help sleep improvement program using explanatory videos, a digital sleep diary, alarms and daytime prompts, deep relaxation procedures, as well as bite-sized chunks of useful information and receive continuous feedback on progress.

Getting started: Download, create and account and go. Visit the website.

Rafi-Tone

Suitable for age: 4+, targeted at those under 8

For those with asthma concerned about how Covid-19 affects them. It helps to make using an inhaler with a spacer easier and more fun for young children with wheeze or asthma symptoms. 

Getting started: Visit the Rafi-tone website

Think Ninja

Suitable for age: 10-18

Educates young people about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provides skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. It covers issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, or having unhelpful thoughts. The user is coached by the WiseNinja, powered by artificial intelligence and the skills of a clinical psychologist.

It also contains specific Covid-19 related content including fears relating to the virus, isolation worries and how to connect with your family and friends, worries about yours or your families health, and coping techniques that can be used.

Getting started: ThinkNinja is being made free until July. Visit the ThinkNinja website