Best apps for mental health

By Chris Devonshire | 9th April 2024

Good mental health is for everyone, particularly when meeting the fast-paced demands of the IT sector.

Recognising this imperative, we’ve highlighted some of the highly-ranked and best apps for mental health to help you maintain a work-life balance and develop healthy habits to foster resilience.

It’s Stress Awareness month here in the UK. Therefore, if you’ve been caught up in your day-to-day and are feeling overwhelmed, now is the time to prioritise developing healthy habits to build strong mental health.

Best apps for mental health

Stats show that 1 in 4 people experience poor mental health each year in the England.

While an app is no replacement for IRL assistance, they can be great to get your started on your journey to positive wellbeing.

This is by no means a definitive list because there are many excellent mental health apps to get you started and help safeguard your mental health. However, here are four firm favourites.

  1. Headspace

One of the most widely-recognised apps, Headspace is on a mission to provide every person access o lifelong mental health support. It’s a science-backed app for mindfulness and meditation, equipping you with the tools you need to help reduce stress, build resilience, and improve sleep.

Download Headspace for iOS

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  1. Calm

Another firm favourite is Calm – designed to help you do exactly that. It features a variety of mindfulness and wellbeing activities designed to help you relax. And more importantly, stay calm. It’s the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation.

Download Calm for iOS

Download Calm for Android

  1. Hub of Hope

Mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma launched Hub of Hope, which is a directory-based app featuring professional support services in the UK. Consequently, you can access IRL support in your local area. Hub of Hope believes that no matter what you’re going through, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Find services local to you using geolocation technology.

Download for iOS 

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  1. My Possible Self: Mental Health app

This app was created in partnership with the world leaders in mental health and hosts clinically certified content from Priority Healthcare using cognitive behavioural therapy. This is an NHS approved app, offering interactive tools, helpful tips, visual and mental exercises and engaging activities.

Download for iOS

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Mental health resources

If you’re facing a specific mental health challenge, you are not alone. Mind UK has consolidated a list of Mind-approved apps which can be filtered by intended audience, general features and categories.

Explore your options in the Mind app library.

Striking a work-life balance in the IT industry

Striking a work-life balance in the IT industry is easier said than done. With the relentless pressure to continuously upskill, it’s no wonder IT professionals often find themselves on the brink of burnout. Explore our advice on how to strike a work-life balance in the IT industry.

Stress Awareness Month underscores the significance of positive mental health and highlights the importance of prioritising our mental health as we do our physical health. Not everyone with a smile is okay. Therefore, be kind to yourself and those around you and let’s support one another in our professional journeys.

With so many people facing mental health challenges, it’s great to see technology being the enabler for developing the variety of apps to support creating positive mental health. By harnessing the power of technology through these innovative mental health apps, we empower ourselves to cultivate resilience, manage stress effectively and create a culture of wellbeing in the IT community.

Chris Devonshire