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Mindfulness and Mental Health: Top 5 Mental Health Apps

Here are our five favourite mental health apps that help us through difficult days and weeks. Do you use any of these?

Headspace

  • Monthly cost = £9.99
  • Yearly cost = £49.99 (£4.17/month)
  • Free trial = 2 weeks
  • Reviews: Google Play 4.7 stars (161k), iOS 4.8 stars (244k)

Headspace is all about meditation and mindfulness. Track your progress with their daily meditations, calm anxiety or stress with their 10-day course or soothe yourself to sleep with their range of Sleepcasts.

Calm

  • Monthly cost = N/A
  • Yearly cost = £28.99 (£2.41/month)
  • Free trial? 1 week
  • Reviews: Google Play 4.2 stars (321k), iOS 4.7 stars (200k)

Calm provides new Sleep Stories every week to help you wind down as you go to bed, music to help you relax or focus, as well as Calm Masterclasses, taught by world-renowned experts.

Simple Habit

  • Monthly cost = £10.99
  • Yearly cost = £55.99 (£4.67/month)
  • Free trial? 1 week
  • Reviews: Google Play 4.7 stars (39k), iOS 4.7 stars (5.4k)

Focusing on stress relief, Simple Habit offers short, 5-minute meditations for people who are too busy to fit in longer sessions. They have a wide range of options on topics such as setting personal boundaries and even a child-friendly Meditation Station for Kids!

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Ten Percent Happier

  • Monthly cost = £12.99
  • Yearly cost = £87.99 (£7.33/month)
  • Free trial? 1 week
  • Reviews: Google Play 4.8 stars (11k), iOS 4.7 stars (4k)

Unlike other apps, Ten Percent Happier’s meditations include short videos to learn about your meditation, and the teacher hosting the session, beforehand. The app also provides talks from experts on a range of topics – no meditation required!

Insight Timer

  • Monthly cost = N/A
  • Yearly cost = £56.99 (£4.74/month)
  • Free trial? 1 week
  • Reviews: Google Play 4.8 stars (84k), iOS 4.8 stars (33k)

Insight Timer offers live events you can attend via your phone, even on the free version, and has more spiritually-themed pieces such as ‘Walking the Buddha’s Path’ or ‘Chakra Cleansing’ alongside the more typical guided meditations.