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Apps to support recovery

An "app" is a term for a computer programme or software that can be downloaded onto your smartphone or mobile device (e.g. tablets and kindles) and used "on the go". There is a huge range of apps that could be helpful to you during your physical and psychological recovery. Many, but not all of the apps that we've included here are NHS approved, free and hopefully easy to use. You may need to be referred by your GP to access some of these apps. Some of the apps that are free to use may, however, include an option to pay for an enhanced version of the app, and doing so is entirely up to you. 


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Web Link: Beat Panic (panic attacks)

Beat Panic is designed to guide people through a panic attack or raised anxiety. The app uses a series of soothing coloured flashcards with messages designed to help you overcome a panic attack in a calm, gentle manner.Beat Panic 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 *NHS approved. It costs 99p

Web Link: BeMindful (stress, depression and anxiety)

Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. The course is all about practising mindfulness, a mind-body approach to life that helps us relate differently to experiences. Mindfulness involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.You'll complete 10 sessions lasting 30 minutes each that...

Web Link: Big White Wall (stress, anxiety and feeling low)

Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists. *NHS approved and free to use

Web Link: Catch it (anxiety and depression)

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.Catch It is a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, to help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary.The app was designed to illustrate some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being,...

Web Link: Corona Help UK (symptom tracker)

Corona-Help.UK is a website based, anonymous automated chat service. It asks you questions about your experience with coronavirus (COVID-19), including if you have ongoing symptoms, are staying at home or are self-isolating. The data can be downloaded by medical researchers and decision makers to help them understand how coronavirus might be spreading around the country and how to manage it. *NHS approved and free to use

Web Link: Cove (using music to express your feelings)

Create 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 like a mood journal, except instead of using words to express how you feel, you use music.To create music, choose from six different moods – calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and gentle.Once you've selected your mood, you can add and remove different musical effects.Store your music in a private journal to revisit at...

Web Link: Falls Assistant (prevention of falls)

Falls Assistant is a falls prevention and self-management tool specifically designed and created to help prevent falls, keep people steady on their feet and stay as independent as possible. It enables older people, their carers and family members to assess their own falls risk, and then provides tailored advice that will give them a plan to reduce their risk of falls. *NHS approved (Scotland) and free to use

Web Link: Feeling Good: positive mindset (stress, anxiety and depression)

Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.Feeling Good uses relaxation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and resilience-building techniques to help improve positive feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence. The app offers 4 free audio tracks combining soothing music with gentle coaching.There is also a12-track Positive Mental Training audio programme, which is available as an in-app purchase. The app...

Web Link: Headspace (guided meditation and mindfulness)

This link will take you to the headspace website, where you can read more about and download the app. The app offers targeted meditation and mindfulness for a wide range of issues including happiness, sleep, weight loss and walking, amongst many others. You can sign up for a free trial or subscribe for £9.99 a month.

Web Link: Healthcare Anywhere (advice on long-term illnesses)

This app aims to help you learn more about your health conditions and their treatments, help you set and achieve goals for your health and health care, and give you access to advice and support from healthcare professionals and other patients. *NHS approved and free to use, but you need to be referred by a healthcare professional