Mental health and wellbeing apps (for teenagers and young people)

Apps for mental health and wellbeing for teenagers and young people

  • There are a variety of apps to help teenagers and young people to cope with low mood, anxiety and general mental health.
  • They can help you learn about your condition and track your symptoms, as well as provide tools to help you feel better.
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It’s common for teenagers and young people to feel worried, stressed or sad. These things aren’t always the signs of a mental health problem. But for some people, ongoing feelings of sadness, low mood and anxiety can affect their physical health, schoolwork, relationships and development.

    • There are a variety of apps to help teenagers and young people cope with low mood and anxiety.
    • They can help you learn about your condition and track your symptoms, as well as provide tools to help you feel better.
    • It's important to remember that apps don’t replace professional help or your doctor’s advice.

Here are a few mental health and wellbeing apps for teenagers and young people reviewed by Healthify

Before choosing an app, think about how it will benefit you and what you want it to be able to do.

  • An app will only be helpful if you use it, so it needs to be something you like using and find easy to use.
  • If you find the app difficult to use, or you don't like the imagery or look of it, or the language it uses, you may want to find another one that suits you better.
  • For more guidance on how to choose health apps, see How to choose a health app.
App Features Clinical review

Whitu 7 Ways in 7 Days

  • Teaches self-help skills
  • Tracking
  • Age group: 16 to 25 years
  • Country of origin: New Zealand 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Whitu 7 Ways in 7 Days

Manaaki Ora

  • Provides guidance and self-help tips for improving well-being.
  • Aims to help others who might be going through hard times, distress or depression.
  • Country of origin: New Zealand 
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Manaaki Ora

SPARX

  • 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

Headstrong

  • Goal setting and tracking
  • Reminders, meditations, and badges
  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Headstrong

Aunty Dee

  • Problem solving tool aimed at Pacific and Maori young people
  • Age group: 14-25 years
  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Available from Aunty Dee website
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Aunty Dee
5 star review

Smiling Mind

  • Guided meditation and mindfulness
  • Meditation reminders
  • Age group: 7 years and older
  • Tailored programmes for different age groups
  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Smiling Mind

Mindshift

  • Self-help tools
  • Education and information
  • Anxiety tracking
  • Age group: teens and young people
  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Mindshift

Bite Back

  • Interactive activities
  • Education and information
  • Diary and tracking
  • Age group: 13-16 years
  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Available from website
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Bite Back
5 star review

The Village

  • Positive thought of the day
  • Access to tips for 'supporting your buddy' and 'if you’re down'
  • Daily reminders can be set
  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Available from website
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about The Village

Wysa

  • Goal setting and diary
  • Tracking and reminders
  • Calculator and counter
  • App community and data
  • exports
  • Country of origin: India
  • Available from website
  • Cost: free; premium to fully access features
  • Read more about Wysa

Voda

  • Reminders
  • Daily check-in, notifications​
  • Country of origin: UK
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: Basic is free, but there is a paid upgrade version.
  • Read more about Voda: LGBTQIA+ Mental Wellness app

Websites

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

App developer: If you are the developer and would like to provide updated information about this app, please email the app library manager at hello@healthify.nz

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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