Self-help apps


Helpful apps that you might like to explore.

All of these apps can be found on the App Store or Google Play for Android, most are free but some require subscription, please check before signing up.


Mindfulness and Relaxation content

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Mindfulness and Relaxation

  1. Smiling Mind - Mindfulness meditations of various lengths. 

  2. Headspace Meditation and mindfulness skills.

  3. Breathe 2 Relax This app which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body.  

  4. Velindre This app has been created by Velindre Cancer Centre and is intended for all patients who may benefit from Mindfulness and Relaxation exercises to improve mental health and wellbeing before, during or after hospital treatment.

Anxiety, depression, low mood, stress content

Anxiety, depression, low mood, stress

Anxiety, depression, low mood, stress

  1. In hand - Stress and Low mood 

  2. Depression CBR Self-Help Guide - Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a cornerstone of depression treatment. 

  3. Positive Thinking - Positive quotes to help you keep your mind focused on positive thoughts. An in-app tool also lets you program the positive messages to appear on your phone any time of day - the perfect pick-me-up! 

  4. Daylio Daylio is a micro-diary app that lets you keep track of your moods without having to write down your feelings. Ideal for a quick and easy way to keep tabs on your emotions and feelings.

  5. Talk Life - Online community for people looking for support. You can post anonymously if you wish, and chat back and forth with others, in a safe and confidential space.

  6. What's Up? - Helps to identify your feelings, to help you deal with depression and other mental health conditions — or just improve your overall mental health.

  7. Moodmission - Mental health tools to pinpoint your feelings of stress and anxiety. 

  8. Sanvello - A range of mental health tools that are ideal for anyone with stress and anxiety.

  9. Moodtools - Arm yourself with the tools needed to combat negative thoughts and depression. 

  10. WellMind - Mental health and wellbeing app.

Self Harm content

Self Harm

Self Harm

  1. Calm Harm - Tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. 

  2. Self-heal - Distraction tasks for crisis management, a gallery of 750+ mood boosting pictures, info and advice about self-harm and holds a comprehensive list of phone numbers and websites to help access more support. 

  3. My Shiny Thing- Distraction intervention app with an individualised coping tool to help manage the urge to self harm