All apps shown are available on IOS and Android devices unless stated otherwise. Some apps are based outside of the UK so prices will appear in either dollar ($) or euros (€).

Let us know what apps work well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please email

7 Cups

A tool for when you just need someone to talk to. Trained active listeners are available to chat with you via text or online, and to be there to help you through difficult times.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.

Be Mindful

Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Cost: One-off cost of £30


BlueIce is designed for young people to manage difficult emotion and reduce urges to self-harm.

Cost: Free


Breethe provides tools and guidance to help you stay on track with your meditation practices throughout the day. It offers five-minute meditations, along with tips for overcoming pressure, feeling love, and living with intention and inner peace. You are able to customise the app to suit you.

Cost: Monthly subscription £11.99


Buddhify has meditation and mindfulnesses exercises for adults and children. The app can be integrated with Apple Health so you can track your progress.

Cost: One-off cost of £2.99


Calm includes free resources including music, sleep stories, guided meditations to help you feel calmer.

Cost: Free

Calm Harm

Calm Harm can help you reduce the urge to self-harm through different distraction and mindfulness activities.

Cost: Free

Catch it

Catch it is an easy to use mood tracker and diary.

Cost: Free

CBT Thought Diary 

A thought diary using CBT techniques to monitor and assess your mood and unhelpful thinking.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £2.49
Yearly £29.99

Change4Life Smart Recipes

Change4life Smart Recipes can help you learn easy and healthy meals for you and the people around you.

Cost: Free

Chill Panda

Chill Panda has activities designed to help you manage stress and worry. Activities include relaxing breathing and physical exercise.

Cost: Free


Colorfy has flowing and relaxing shapes and patterns for you to colour in. This can allow you to time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £18.99
Yearly £93.99

Couch to 5K

Keep active is one of the five ways to wellbeing. The couch to 5k app is an easy to use programme to help you try running to boost your wellbeing.




Cove helps you express how you are feeling through music and track your emotions using a mood journal.

Cost: Free


Daylight aims to improve your levels of worry and anxiety. You are able to monitor how you are feeling and personalise your own programme of activities to help boost your mood.


Cost: Free to NHS staff in Scotland.


Daylio is an easy to use mood diary using icons to categories your emotions and activities.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £2.49
Yearly £9.48

Digi Pill

Digi Pill uses guided relaxation methods to help you address difficulties such as quitting smoking, problems with sleep,  stress and anxiety.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £4.99
Yearly £19.99


DistrACT provides access to information related to suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

Cost: Free

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker

eMood Bipolar Mood Tracker is designed for those with Bipolar I, Bipolar II, depression and/or anxiety. You can track your mood, identify triggers and print a PDF report of your findings.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £0.99
Lifetime £5.99


Equoo is an online game to help you build resilience and tackle anxious feelings.

Cost: Free

Feel Good App

The Feeling Good App is an NHS approved app which is available to everyone living in Edinburgh and Lothians. The app is a series of relaxing audio tracks (Positive Mental Training) which are evidence-based for aiding recovery from depression, anxiety and stress. The programme also improves sleep, confidence and coping, increasing mental wellbeing and resilience. The app uses sports mind coaching to good mental health, helping you connect to positive internal resources to see a better future.

Feel Good App instructions

Cost: Free. Unlock all the app tracks with the inapp referral username of edinchpf1 and password positive. Any concerns speak to your health professional/GP.

GG OCD – Thoughts Exercise

GG OCD uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques to help you manage Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, low self-esteem, social anxiety and low mood.

Cost: Monthly £10.99
Yearly £53.99


Happier is an app specifically for Apple watches. It records your mood, prompts you to take quick meditation breaks and allows you to connect with other users.

Cost: Free


Happify uses positive psychology, mindfulness activities and cognitive behavioural therapy to help you feel happier.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly $14.99
Yearly $139.99 per year ($11.67/month)
Lifetime $449.99


Happyer is a self-help journalling app. You can keep a diary that also tracks your activities and friends to boost your happiness.

Cost: Free



Headspace has everyday mindfulness activities designed to help you feel happy, healthier and well-rested.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £9.99
Yearly £49.99
*If you are unemployed in the UK you can get a free premium subscription

IESO Digital Health

IESO works in collaboration with NHS Scotland providing cognitive behaviour therapy for adults.

Cost: Free


iMoodJournal – Mood Diary

iMoodJournal is a mood tracker and diary. You are able to track how your mood changes, what triggers you and identify ways to help you feel better. You can track things such as sleep, medication, energy levels, stress and other symptoms.

Cost: One-off cost £1.89

Insight Timer – Meditation App

Insight Timer – Meditation App has over 4,000 guided meditations from over 1,000 teachers, on topics such as self-compassion, nature, and stress, in addition to talks and podcasts.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £9.99
Yearly £59.99


Journify is an audio journalling app. You can timeline your recordings, share them with friends and those you trust.

Cost: You can access a 1-month premium account for free if you say that ‘Health in Mind‘ referred you –


Tellmi allows you to share your problems anonymously, and receive free and immediate support and advice from people who get what you are going through.

Cost: Free


MindShift is designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety, panic, phobias, worry and perfectionism.

Cost: Free

MindU – Meditation, Sleep App 

MindU contains meditation and mindfulness exercises to help you sleep and keep focus.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly $14.99
Yearly $59.99.

*This app isn’t available on android devices

MoodTools – Depression Aid

MoodTools – Depression Aid includes a thought diary, activities based on Behavioural Activation Therapy, your own safety plan feature, videos on guided meditation and the ability to track your symptoms using its questionnaire function.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £1.99

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App

My Possible Self: The Mental Health app can help you track your mood and understand your emotions. There are modules and activities you can complete to help boost your mood.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £5.99
Yearly £59.99


No Panic

No Panic is designed to help you with panic attacks and anxiety. It includes breathing and body scan exercises, a beginners guide to anxiety and a symptom checker.

Cost: Free

Portal – Focus, Sleep, Escape

Portal contains soundscapes to help you relax, meditate and sleep.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
$3.99 one-off purchase.

*This app not available on Android devices.

Quit That! – Habit Tracker

Quit That! Allows you to track habits such as smoking, coffee and drugs.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.

*This app not available on Android devices.

Reflectly: Self-Care Journal 

Reflectly is a journal app that aims to improve your self-care practices and overall happiness.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £7.49
Yearly £19.99
Lifetime £199.99

Rise Up – Eating Disorder App

Rise Up is for those affected by an eating disorder and allows you to track meals, emotions and thoughts.

Cost: Free

RR: Eating Disorder Management

RR: Eating Disorder Management can track your recovery journey using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) based self-monitoring research. You can record meals, thoughts and feelings while accessing positive affirmations to helping you meet your recovery goals.



Samaritans Self-help

The Samaritans self-help app can help you keep track of how you’re feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis

Cost: Free


Sanvello is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation and strategies to provide effective relief for mental health concerns including anxiety and depression.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £7.99
Yearly £46.99

Self-Help for Anxiety Management

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is designed to help you learn more about your anxiety, build your own anxiety toolkit, and tailor your self-help activities to fit into your life.

Cost: Free


Shine Text sends you personalised affirmations and meditation exercises. It also includes a gratitude journal and a community discussion board so you can connect with others.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £10.99
Yearly £48.99



SIlverCloud is an online course to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Cost: Free

Simple Habit Sleep, Meditation

Simple Habit Sleep, Meditation sends you daily motivational messages and guided exercises to help manage your stress levels and sleep.

Cost: Yearly £55.99


DARE is designed to help you manage anxiety. It includes information and activities on topics such as sleep, breathing techniques, panic attacks and worry.

Cost: Free

Staying Alive

Stay Alive has a wide range of useful resources related to suicide prevention and help you create a safety plan.

Cost: Free



The STOPP app using the STOPP technique to help you handle unhelpful thinking patterns, panic attacks and general feelings of anxiety and stress.

Cost: Free

Student Health

The Student Health app has over 900 pages of certified health information was created in collaboration with university students and NHS doctors.

Cost: Free

Ten Percent Happier Meditation 

Ten Percent Happier Meditation has a wide range of meditation videos and exercises to help you feel happier.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Yearly £91.99

The Decider Skills

The Decider Skills uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help nativigate stressful situations, be more mindful, manage emotions and improve communication.

Cost: Free

The Mindfulness App

The Mindfulness App has meditation-videos, a mood tracker, reminder alerts and personalised exercises.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Yearly £45.49

ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations

ThinkUp sends you positive affirmations for topics such as stress, self-esteem, love and relationships

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.
Monthly £2.79
Lifetime £18.99


Thrive (not the same as Thrive Edinburgh) can help you manage stress by monitoring your mood and suggesting relaxation exercises.

Cost: Free


Twenty-four Hours a day

Twenty-four Hours a day contains meditation books for those affecting by substance misuse. The app takes inspiration from Christian readings.

Cost: Free

Unique Daily Affirmation

Unique Daily Affirmation sends you daily affirmations to help boost your mood and start your day with some positivity.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.

Voda: LGBTQIA+ Mental Wellness

Voda provides app-based mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programs.

The Voda approach is rooted in the LGBTQIA+ lived experience, our self-guided therapy programmes help you cope with the challenges of living in a heteronormative and cisnormative society.

Cost: Free with in-app purchases.

Woe Bot

Woe Bot is a chatbot that provides emotional support and tools to help you with mental health and wellbeing difficulties.

Cost: Free

The Worry Tree

The Worry Tree app uses cognitive behaviour therapy tools to help you manage your worries and create long-term habits to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Cost: Free


By recording your emotions using this app, it can highlight connections between emotions and other factors that otherwise go unnoticed. YU can help to make you more self-aware, and this knowledge is key – it can unlock the power to make positive changes that can lead to a more conscious and fulfilled life.

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