There are many digital tools and apps which can help to support young people’s mental wellbeing.
Good Thinking recommends NHS-approved apps for young people under the age of 18 to help reduce your anxiety, get better sleep, lower your stress and boost your mood.
Other apps that are available include:
Power Up + aims to support young people with learning difficulties to take an active role in decisions about their care, and to ensure their needs are heard. It is designed to be used by young people in school and at home, independently or with support from parents, carers and school staff. The app has been developed with with feedback and input from young people with special educational needs, parents and carers, and Learning Disability clinicians within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Anna Freud Centre are looking for Special Educational Needs settings who would be interested in getting involved in testing this app. More information is available at www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/research-and-opportunities-for-schools/power-up
The BBC has created a “wellbeing” smartphone app called Own It aimed at children. It monitors how young people interact with friends and family online and through messaging apps. It uses AI to evaluate a child’s mood so it can offer advice or encourage them to talk to trusted adults.
ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 11-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.
Laugh and learn as you help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving.
Peaceful sleep. Low anxiety. Emotional control. Focus. Body positivity. Mindful Family meditations help your child thrive. Meditate with your kids and share the benefits.
Apart of Me – A beautiful world, built to guide you through your darkest moments.
BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.
BoosterBuddy is a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health.
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Conversation Therapy gets people talking! Now you can try this professional speech therapy app to target higher-level expressive language, pragmatic, problem-solving & cognitive-communication goals for older children, teens and adults!
An engaging video that explains the way the brain works using “The Chimp and The HappiTars”. Your chimp is the part of your brain that worries and tells you that you can’t do stuff! Your HappiTar – your Happiness Avatar – is the part of your brain that cheers you on and tells you that you CAN do it! The app teaches you how to recognise who is in control, and how to tell your chimp brain to… “Back off!”
Mindful Powers™ is a kid-first, holistic approach to helping young minds learn and practice mindfulness so they can respond more effectively to stressful situations through the power of play.
Smiling Mind is a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.
Solace helps to improve your mental state by providing positive elements to your day. Features include:
– Chat with others going through similar challenges
– Take a quiz to determine your SolaceScore
– Receive positive messages throughout the day
Meditation and mindfulness made easy and fun for kids, to help them discover and develop their superpowers of sleep, being calm, learning to breathe or to resolve conflicts.
Life is full of questions. Some are superficial and easy to answer, and others require our time and attention. In playing Table Talk for Young People, players are given an opportunity to explore some of life’s big and not-so-big questions, articulate their views, and to engage with the opinions of others.
Let children off-load their worries with The Worrinots app in the comfort of their own home. Parents/carers will need to use the Wotnot companion app to be able to monitor your child’s concerns.