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Improving your mood apps

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There are lots of things that can help you manage symptoms of depression. We recommend that you have a look at the following self-help tools:  



This is a mood-training programme that includes games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more, helping you to overcome negative thoughts. 


The Headspace app focuses on the skills of mindfulness and meditation, giving you access to hundreds of meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus. The app also has a handy “get some headspace” reminder to encourage you to keep practicing each day. 


Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music.  

Chill panda 

Breathing techniques and light exercises. 

Feeling good: positive mindset 

This app provides free tracks including: 3minute mindfulness; 10minute relaxation boost; 10minute confidence boost; and 15minute guided body relaxation. 


A training toolkit based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model of psychological flexibility.  


An online sleep improvement programme. It is designed to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day if you follow the programme correctly.

The programme is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBTi). You can use it to learn cognitive techniques to help tackle the racing mind and behavioural strategies to help reset sleeping patterns naturally, without relying on sleeping pills.  

Smiling mind 

Smiling Mind is a way to practice daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.  

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