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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: recommended mental wellbeing apps

19 May 2020

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. With demanding jobs and lives – particularly as we adapt to our daily routine during the Covid-19 pandemic – we often forget to take a step back and take care of our own mental wellbeing.

There are many ways we can show kindness to others, but we often forget to be kind to ourselves. Try these apps to help you unwind and handle stress:

Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax

This app is designed to help with meditation and sleep, with the aim of lowering stress, anxiety and improving sleep patterns. The app includes sleep stories, breathing programme masterclasses and relaxing music.

Headspace: Meditation & Sleep

Headspace is a personal guide to health and happiness. It aims to help you focus, breathe, stay calm, perform at your best, and get a better night’s rest through relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Guided breathing exercises promote mindfulness and have been proven to improve focus.

Catch It

Catch It can help users better understand their moods through an ongoing diary. It aims to manage feelings of anxiety and depression by turning negative thoughts into positive ones.

eQuoo: Emotional Fitness Game

The app uses adventure games designed by psychologists to help increase emotional fitness and teach users new psychological skills. Users will find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain mental wellbeing.


SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

All apps can be found via the App Store or Google Play and all have free versions available.

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