Our favourite free mental wellbeing resources to help you through lockdown

Free lockdown resources

We've summarised some of our favourite free mental health apps and online communities to help you cope during the latest lockdown. Here's our favourite 5 for you to try out if you feel a bit anxious right now, or if you have a more serious mental health condition too.

Meditainment - App

good-thinking.uk/resources/meditainment

This app offers guided meditations and visualisation techniques, leading you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations to explore and reflect on a wide range of wellbeing topics. Unique, highly accessible and engaging, the app's guided meditation journeys promote better mental wellbeing in an exciting and interesting way. Think meditation that takes you places!

Catch It from Universities of Manchester and Liverpool - App

liverpool.ac.uk/csd/app-directory/catch-it

Catch It is a joint app between the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, to help you make sense of your moods by using an ongoing diary.

The app was designed to illustrate some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and wellbeing, specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The app includes a step by step mood tracker and mood diary.

Side By Side from Mind - Online Community

sidebyside.mind.org.uk

This is Mind’s supportive online community where users can share their mental health experiences, and give and receive support. Side By Side is open to anybody who has an experience of mental health problems, or is closely connected to someone that has. The community has been designed to exist alongside your current methods of managing your mental health.

My Possible Self - App

mypossibleself.com

This app lets you track how you feel every day with a Mood Tracker. Select from Great, Good, Okay, Bad, or Awful, and add notes and photos to each entry to personalise your moods.

Do more of the things that make you feel great and less of the things that don’t by learning from the app's Mood Tracker insights. Understand what activities, places and people influence your mood!

Calm Harm - App

calmharm.co.uk

Worried about self-harm? The urge to self-harm is like a wave. Learn to ride the wave with this app using these activities: Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe. When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.

This award-winning app was developed for the teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of evidence-based therapy Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you want to. Once you track your progress you'll start to notice the changes and learn how to cope better.

We hope you enjoy trying out these apps and online communities, and they help you throughout the current lockdown! You can also check out our own mental health guides, and our COVID-19 Resource Hub where you'll find lots more useful information to support you throughout the lockdown.

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Have a lovely weekend! Team buzz x


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