The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources brought together by the Life Lounge team

Health Information Week Apps

Apps Resource List

Organisers of Health Information Week 2020 brought together a list of their favourite apps to support your health and wellbeing.

Take a look below!

You can read more on the Health Information Week website!


1.     Finding trusted apps

·        The NHS Apps Library includes apps which have been assessed to NHS standards: nhs.uk/apps-library

·        The Orcha website provides reviews and assessments of health apps, including how data is used and stored: orcha.co.uk


2.     General health apps

·        The NHS App: nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app. Access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

·        myGP: mygp.com. Book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and set up medication reminders on your smartphone.

·        ChatHealth: nhs.uk/apps-library/chathealth. A messaging service allowing you to anonymously contact health care professionals.

·        NHS Go: nhsgo.uk. Providing young people with confidential health advice and greater access to health information.


3.     Mental wellbeing apps

·        Catch It: liverpool.ac.uk/csd/app-directory/catch-it. Learn to look at problems differently, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

·        Worry Tree: worry-tree.com. Notice, record and manage worries using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.

·        MeeTwo: meetwo.co.uk. A safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.

·        Calm Harm: calmharm.co.uk. Designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.


4.     Physical wellbeing apps

·        One You apps: nhs.uk/oneyou/apps. A range of free apps including ACTIVE 10, Couch to 5K and Drink Free Days.

·        iPrescribe Exercise: iprescribeexercise.com. A 12-week exercise plan based on information entered by the user.

Apps to support your wellbeing

There are so many apps available which can help with your mood, wellbeing and mental health. 

Things to bare in mind when downloading an app for your wellbeing:

  • An app can offer general support, but it can't diagnose a condition or offer specific tailored support. Therefore if you are worried about your mental health, visit your GP.
  • Many people can create an app. Consider the source and how trustworthy or accurate it is. It may not have been recently updated with current information.
  • Some apps require a subscription. You can utilise free trials to explore the app and try it for a short period. Make sure you cancel any subscriptions before you are charged, unless you're happy to pay for the service.

ORCHA - The GMMH NHS Wellbeing App Finder

With so many apps out there that can support your Wellbeing, GMMH NHS have published online their tool to find specific apps linked to different conditions and purposes, allowing you to access more relevant resources for your needs. Take a look.


Apps recommended by us

The following apps are recommended by the staff who put this guide together. Do you like apps of a way of finding or searching for information? If so did you know some of the Library Subject Guides have recommended apps on the page? See an example here

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