Whitu 7 Ways in 7 Days

An app for young people aged 16–25 years, who feel over-whelmed or stressed in their current situation.

Whitu – 7 Ways in 7 Days By University of Auckland
  • Teaches self-help skills
  • Tracking
  • Reminders
  • Graphs and reporting

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Country of origin  Aotearoa New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? No
  • require internet access? No
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Cost Free
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What does the app do?

The Whitu app comprises a 7 day plan which has been clinically designed to provide young people, aged 16–25 years, with strategies to reduce their anxiety, improve their well-being and help them to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The 7 modules to support young people to learn and practice evidence-based coping skills include:

  • Feel
  • Relax
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be thankful
  • Connect
  • Look after your body
  • Set goals.

The app is specific to a New Zealand audience as it uses local voices and Māori language and symbols, and uses a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. For a more detailed review, see Reviews. 


✔ Audio clips are well paced.

✔ Has text transcripts that follow the audio.

✔ Clear and concise explanation of each of the modules.

✔ Gives a great introduction of evidence based psychological tools and treatments in short, easy to understand modules.

✔ Covers main psychotherapy techniques such as
mindfulness, relaxation, kindness and gratitude.

✔ Creative way to show progress using a growing tree, so users can visualise their journey.

✔ Attractive graphics. 

✘  If users exit out of a module, they have to restart the module. However users can easily navigate through the audio tracks to manually resume their previous progress.

Review details

Date of review: December 2021
Platform reviewed: Apple iOS
Version: 1.0.1 

Related topics

Consumer guide: how to choose a health app
Clinician's guide: how to choose a health app
Mental health and wellbeing apps (for teenagers and young people)
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  1. Well-being app to support young people during the COVID-19 pandemic: randomised controlled trial (external link) BMJ Open, 2021 
  2. Coping Skills Mobile App to Support the Emotional Well-Being of Young People During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study(external link) JMIR Res Protoc 2020;9(10):e23716
  3. Pilot study of a well-being app to support New Zealand young people during the COVID-19 pandemic(external link) Internet Interventions 26 (2021) 100464
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Reviewed by: Dr Peter Ou, GP, FRNZCGP, Auckland

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