5 apps and services to help improve your mental health during lockdown

5 Apps And Services To Help Improve Your Mental Health During Lockdown 5 Apps And Services To Help Improve Your Mental Health During Lockdown
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By Luke Rix-Standing, PA

However many months into the pandemic, it probably won’t surprise you that Covid-19 has, directly and indirectly, caused a national mental health emergency.

So here are a few other easy access mental health resources that can help during difficult times…

1. Be Mindful


A mental health crash course based mostly on mindfulness, Be Mindful is an online course that aims to reduce and relieve symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. A therapeutic programme with plenty of meditation and breathing exercises, it costs £40 (€46) for a total 10 of 30-minute sessions.

2. Mentally Yours

Hosted by two journalists, this ultra-honest pod invites a different guest into the studio each episode to talk about their struggles with mental health, and how things did, or could, improve.

It is less a tool to use on your life than a wallpaper to apply to it – to discuss, normalise, and share ideas around mental health in a safe, constructive environment.

3. Side by Side


An online community hosted by prominent mental health charity Mind, Side by Side is a safe space where people can talk about their struggles with like-minded others, with a team of professional moderators on hand 24/7.

A replacement for the popular Elefriends programme, the forum will gain features and users as the weeks go by.

4. Calm Harm


Calm Harm takes aim specifically at self-destructive thoughts and self-harm. Guided mostly by dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), the app helps users “ride the wave” of negative urges with six forms of activity: Comfort, Distract, Release, Breathe, Express Yourself, and Random. It’s free to use, and password protected.

5. Childline

Childline are perhaps the best known resource on this list, and quite rightly. From the perils of puberty to problematic parenting, Childline tackles an extremely broad range of mental health issues facing children and teenagers, and are on the end of a phone line 24 hours a day – just call 1800 66 66 66.

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