10 mental health apps to help you cope during coronavirus

10 mental health apps to help you cope during coronavirus
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected people up and down the country in many different ways. Thankfully, in these trying times, there are a number of mental health apps out there designed to help you manage your depression, stress and anxieties.

A new study from the Centre for Mental Health has warned that the pandemic is likely to increase the number of people in Britain experiencing mental health problems in the next two years. If you are in any way struggling with your mental health, it may be encouraging to hear that support in the form of mental health apps is available. 

Here are our top 10 mental health apps to help you cope during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Catch It

Catch It is an app that helps users to better understand their moods through an ongoing diary. It is completely free and focuses on how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression.

It’s aim is to teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turning negative thoughts into positive ones by using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you change your thinking.

2. My Possible Self

My Possible Self is another free mental health app that is recommended by the NHS. It uses simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking.

The self-help modules use proven psychological methods, such as CBT and positive psychology, to equip you with skills to navigate your emotions. There is also a mood tracker that helps you highlight activities, places and people that influence your mood.

3. What’s Up?

What’s Up? is a free mental health app that uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and CBT methods to help users cope with depression, anxiety and stress. It breaks down the 12 most common negative thinking patterns and offers simple methods to overcome them.

There is a positive and negative habit tracker to help you maintain good habits. There is also a grounding game which contains over 100 fun questions designed to help keep you grounded and in the present when stress is taking over.

4. Ieso

If you are after some interaction with a trained professional, then Ieso is a mental health app that connects you with a therapist trained in CBT.

Featured in the NHS apps library, Ieso offers an online course using instant messaging. Additionally, All the therapy is by text, so you can review your sessions at any time. The course of therapy treatment is free for NHS patients in many areas. You can check if you are eligible through the Ieso website.

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5. SilverCloud

Recommended by the NHS, SilverCloud is an eight-week course designed to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression at your own pace.

The app has a range of interactive programmes that address the following: wellbeing, life balance, time management, communication skills, anger management, relaxation and sleep management and many others.

6. MindShift

MindShift is a mental health app designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Free on iOS and Android, it uses a mix of CBT tools and interventions to retrain the mind.

Features include ‘Quick Relief’, which gives you quick and easy tools to help you ground yourself, and ‘Coping Cards’ designed to ease your anxiety in the moment by adjusting your thinking.

7. Daylio

Daylio is a diary mood tracker. It enables you to keep a private diary without having to laboriously write everything down. Instead, you can pick your mood and add activities you have been doing during the day. Daylio collects and records these in order to help you understand your habits better.

8. Headspace

Headspace is a popular mindfulness app, as demonstrated by its rating of 4.8 stars by 242,000 users on the Apple App Store. Its purpose is to make meditation simple by teaching users the skills of mindfulness.

You can access 10 free sessions and use them over and over again. Or, if you wish to progress, there is a one-year membership for £70 that gives you access to hundreds of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises.

9. ChillPanda

ChillPanda is an app that aims to help users be just that: chilled. It is a gentle, free game in which you navigate a panda around a virtual world. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

10. MoodTools

MoodTools is an app designed to lift your mood if you are feeling sad or depressed. Features include a thought diary that helps you to identify negative thinking patterns based on the principles of CBT. It offers activities based on behavioural activation therapy that will help to energise you. There is also a PHG-9 depression questionnaire that helps you to track your symptom severity over time. 

Other information

If it is financial worries caused by coronavirus that are impacting your mental health, take a look at our coronavirus resources. Here you will find a wealth of information covering where to get support if you have been made redundant and what to do if you need to take a mortgage payment holiday.

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