Table 1

All web and smartphone apps reported to be used or recommended by the NHS for common mental health problems

AppFormatPayment modelWeb or phone based (w/p)Number of IAPTs using/recommending (% of 191 IAPT services)Number of Trusts using/recommending (% of 51 Trusts)Listed in NHS Health Apps Library (y/n)Listed in Mental Health Apps Library (y/n)
Living Life to the FullOnline modular self-helpFree to accessw94 (49.2%)24 (47.1%)nn
MoodGYMOnline modular self-helpFree to accessw46 (24.1%)10 (19.6%)nn
Big White WallOnline forum with tools, courses and one-to-one messenger based chat with a professional.Paid for by provider (but only available in some areas) or end userw39 (20.4%)12 (23.5%)yy
Beating the Blues*Online modular self-helpPaid for by provider (but only available in some areas) or end userw34 (17.8%)13 (25.5%)nn
Silvercloud healthOnline modular self-help with therapist supportPaid for by provider (but only available in some areas)w27 (14.1%)5 (9.8%)ny
Ieso Digital HealthOnline one-to-one messenger-based chat with a professionalPaid for by provider (but only available in some areas)w22 (11.5%)5 (9.8%)yy
Fear FighterOnline modular self-helpPaid for by provider (but only available in some areas) or end userw20 (10.5%)5 (9.8%)ny
HeadspaceMeditation via app or onlinePaid for by end userp11 (5.8%)3 (5.9%)nn
Buddy App†Tool to support face-to-face therapyPaid for by providerw6 (3.1%)2 (3.9%)yy
Don't Panic!Self-help resourcesFree to accessp5 (2.6%)1 (2.0%)nn
MyMoodTrackerMood trackerPaid for by end userp2 (1.0%)1 (2.0%)nn
Mindfulness BellMeditationPaid for by end userp2 (1.0%)0 (0%)nn
Moodkit—Mood Improvement ToolsTools to improve moodPaid for by end userp2 (1.0%)0 (0%)yn
Thought Diary ProThought diaryPaid for by end userp2 (1.0%)0 (0%)nn
WellMindTools to help with depression, stress, anxietyFree to accessp2 (1.0%)1 (2.0%)nn
MoodometerTool to support face-to-face therapyFree to accessp2 (1.0%)0 (0%)nn
KoothOnline one-to-one messenger-based chat with a professional for children and young adults aged 11–19Free to access (but only available in some areas)w2 (1.0%)2 (3.9%)ny
CBTRefereeJournal to assist face-to-face CBTPaid for by end userp1 (0.5%)1 (2.0%)nn
iCBTTool for self-help using CBTPaid for by end userp1 (0.5%)0 (0%)nn
Thought DiaryThought diaryPaid for by end userp1 (0.5%)0 (0%)nn
Stay AliveTools to prevent suicideFree to accessp1 (0.5%)1 (2.0%)nn
Take a break!Meditation appFree to accessp1 (0.5%)1 (2.0%)nn
MindshiftTools to help with anxietyFree to accessp1 (0.5%)0 (0%)nn
MoodscopeTool to monitor moodFree to access, stepped paymentw1 (0.5%)1 (2.0%)yn
DigitalMedsBinaural beat technology for meditationPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
How Are You AppMood trackerPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Mindfulness by DigipillMeditationPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
MindlogrVideo journalPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Panic Attack AidTools to help with panic attacksPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Phobia FreeAugmented Reality (AR) for exposure treatmentPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Stress Management AppTools to help with stressPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
WorkGuruTools to help with stress at workPaid for by end userw0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Worry WatchJournal for anxietyPaid for by end userp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
MindEdOnline advice and supportFree to accessw0 (0%)1 (2.0%)nn
PuffellOnline advice and supportFree to accessw0 (0%)1 (2.0%)nn
Virtual Hope BoxTools to compliment face-to-faceFree to accessp0 (0%)1 (2.0%)nn
Aventurine Mood ImproverTool for self-help using CBTFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Black RainbowAdvice and audio for relaxationFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Depression CalculatorPHQ-9 screening toolFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Five Ways to Well-beingTools for well-beingFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
GinsbergActivity and mood diaryFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Happy Healthy AppTools for well-beingFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
HealthstoredHealth trackerFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Healthy LivingGuide to healthy livingFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Hello Brain HealthBrain exercises for better healthFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
MoodbugMood trackerFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
SAM: Self-help for AnxietyTools to help with anxietyFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
Stress & Anxiety CompanionTools to help with anxietyFree to accessp0 (0%)0 (0%)yn
  • *Beating the Blues developer Ultrasis went into administration in October 2015. The program is now linked with 365 Health and Well-being who have been unreachable for comment.

  • †Buddy Enterprises has ceased operations and as a result of this Buddy App has been discontinued.

  • CBT, cognitive–behaviour therapy; IAPT, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; NHS, National Health Service; PHQ-9, Patient Health Questionnaire.