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Apps are the programmes that run on your smartphone, your tablet, your eBook reader and even your computer. They come with you wherever you go meaning they’re perfect for spending a few seconds completing a task, setting reminders and tracking moods. You can even get mental health games! Not all of them have been rigorously tested and there is no guarantee that they are secure but there are a number of websites which offer a database of mental health apps which you might find useful:

NHS Health Apps Library is a database that lets you find apps by condition, i.e. Mental Health, and then lets you select which device you would like it to run on and what price. The apps have all been reviewed by clinicians.

MindApps is database of mental health apps only which lets you select by condition, e.g. Anxiety, and type, e.g. CBT, as well as device and price. Not only have they been reviewed by clinicians but they also have detailed reviews from actual users as well.

If you would like a further explanation of what an app is and the various devices that are available check out this video from Mindapps.

MyHealthApps is a database similar to the NHS Health Apps Library but which also lets you select by condition within Mental Health. Their Heart Rating system gives you a bit more information about the areas that the app is more or less reliable in, e.g. whether it is trustworthy.


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