Useful apps and online tools

NHS Choices provides a useful and vetted library of Apps and on-line tools that you might find useful.

The library allows you to filter by category, like ‘mental health’ or ‘healthy living’ to display a list of relevant options for you to browse and choose from.

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Some favourites from our patients and families are listed below, and we will further develop this over time.


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop computer.

Children and young people can access Kooth from any connected device; counsellors are available weekdays from 12 noon to 10pm and from 6pm to 10pm on weekends. Kooth has been commissioned in CNWL across all five Boroughs.

Visit Kooth


CalmHarm is an app to help distract a young person from self-harming. They call it “riding the wave.” When the young person has an urge to self harm or urges to self harm they can go onto the app and choose to ride the wave. It allows you to select an activity type such as: comfort, distract, express, release or random. You can select which one you’re feeling and set an amount of time that you’re going to do the activity for. There is a long list of activities to choose from.

Visit CalmHarm.


Blue Ice ia an App that  helps young people manage their emotions and to reduce urges to self-harm. It includes a mood diary, toolbox of evidence based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue. BlueIce was developed by Paul Stallard from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and co–produced by young people with lived experience of self-harm.

Visit BlueIce.


Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme. It has been clinically proven to help a person fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day

Created by Colin Espie, Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Visit Sleepio.