Depression apps

There are a number of mobile phone apps and online tools for improving low mood and depression. You can learn about your condition and record your symptoms, and they provide tools to help you feel better.

Depression is constantly feeling down or hopeless, experiencing loss of enjoyment or interest in doing the things you used to enjoy doing, negative thinking and sleep problems. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the support and treatment you need depends on how severe your symptoms are. If you’re depressed, it’s important to get help – the sooner you do, the sooner you'll start to feel better. Read more about depression

There are a number of apps and online tools to help support your treatment and road to recovery. Here are a few that Healthify has reviewed.  

App  Features Clinical review

Aunty Dee

  • Online tool
  • Problem solving
  • Aimed at Pacific and Maori young people aged 14-25 years
  • Available from Aunty Dee website
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Aunty Dee

Depression course (Just a Thought)

  • Goal setting
  • Diary
  • A number of diary worksheets are provided for the user to record activities and progress
  • Available online
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Depression course (Just a Thought)
 Four out of five stars


  • An app to improve mood, manage anxiety and stress, and maintain overall wellbeing.
  • Available in App Store and Google Play
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Groov



  • Interactive games
  • Teaches CBT techniques
  • Teaches self-help skills
  • Age group: 12 to 19 years
  • Country of origin: New Zealand 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about SPARX(external link)


  • CBT self-help
  • Developed in New Zealand
  • Insights and affirmations
  • Alerts and reminders
  • Available from iTunes
  • Cost: NZ$4.49
  • Read more about Thinkladder

Virtual Hope Box

  • Games
  • Meditation exercises
  • Activities to reduce stress
  • Motivational quotes 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Free
  • Read more about Virtual Hope Box


  • Online community
  • Goal setting
  • Diary
  • Self-guided courses available
  • Available online- free for Auckland DHB residents
  • Read more about Togetherall


  • Reminders
  • Daily check-in, notifications
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Basic is free, but there is a paid upgrade version
  • Read more about Voda

Reviewed apps that are no longer available

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As there are so many apps to support mental health and wellbeing, we have not been able to review all those available. We have instead identified independent organisations that have reviewed these apps:

You may also find the following article useful: Do mental health apps really work?(external link) Patient Info, UK

Related topics

Depression | Mate pāpouri
Living well with depression
Severe depression
Perinatal depression
Depression in later life
NZ Health App Library
Consumer guide: how to choose a health app
Clinicians guide: how to choose a health app

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Disclaimer: Healthify’s app library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

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