Information Services Division


Downloadable apps to support you

This page contains information and links of some apps that may be of help to you in your study and in your daily life. It is not an exhaustive list but will get you started.

Stress, Depression and Anxiety

There are a range of apps that may be beneficial in helping you cope with stress, anxiety, and depression, in various ways, and listed below are just a few of those out there.

Stay Alive app

The app is totally free to users and offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else.

Designed as an immediate aid for those in crisis, the Stay Alive app aims to provide online and offline access to essential contacts (crisis support helplines), and even some location-dependent services, strategies, distraction plans, and indeed other online services and apps, for anyone needing them.

Meditation and Hypnosis Apps


A mindfulness app with short meditations on various subjects, such as “Feeling Stressed”, “Can’t Sleep”, “Difficult Emotions”, and “Just Meditation” (£3.99; available for iOS and Android).

Surf City range

Surf City Apps have a range of free and upgradeable hypnosis exercises, for various situations, such as “Relieve Your Anxiety”, “Relieve Your Depression”, and “Feel Great About Yourself”.

  • Free and upgradeable versions are available
  • Available for iOS and Android

Stop Breathe Think

“With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK."
  • Free and premium versions are available
  • Built for iOS, Android, messenger-based, and browser-based platforms

Brain in Hand

The Brain in Hand app provides personalised support from your phone. It helps you remember activities and reduce anxiety and stress, and can be funded by DSA.

Relax app

The Relax app provides an interactive experience, designed to relieve anxiety and stress, where the user can manipulate the pathways and effects of different moving shapes and light trails, with relaxing sounds playing in the background.

“Relaxation music, melodies, and white noise ambience for mindfulness meditation, sleep, yoga, spa & zen.”
  • Free with in-app purchases
  • Only available for iOS devices


An interactive musical artwork featuring moving shapes and birds and music. $1.99 at present (2020) iOS only

Songbirds iOS

Fingerpaint Magic

This app allows you to use your fingers to create beautiful patterns and shapes and the paint flows as you move across the screen. For iOS only. Free but offers in-app purchases.

Fingerpaint Magic iOS version

Specific Learning Difficulties, Musculoskeletal Issues


This enables you to record lectures, and add photographs and notes. If you have a copy of AudioNotetaker you will also be able to download these recordings to your PC to edit and use with Word.


Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any issues with these apps, and please be aware that some will require purchasing.