Useful Wellness and Mental Health Apps

Apps for everyone

Meditation and relaxation

  • Headspace: Two-week free trial for the general public. (Providers with a National Provider Identifier can sign up for free full access.)
  • Calm: Seven-day free trial. A meditation, sleep, and relaxation app that also provides resources specifically for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
  • Stop, Breathe & Think: Always free, and for kids too.
  • Insight Timer: Always free. This is not a daily app, but rather a great library where you can search for various types of meditations and lengths by excellent teachers.
  • 10% Happier: Free and paid options available. Health care providers can use redemption code HEALTHCARE to unlock all content.
  • UCLA Mindful App: Free and has meditation by Diana Winston.

Coping with stress and anxiety

  • Ginger: Free behavioral health coaching for health care clinicians who are directly supporting COVID-19 patients (free through June).
  • Sanvello: Clinically validated techniques for reducing stress and treating anxiety and depression (free premium access during COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Happify: Some free content, including stress reduction and cognitive techniques to address anxiety.
  • MindShift CBT: Free content, including cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to address general worry, social anxiety, and panic.


  • CBT-i Coach - Free cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, available for iOS and Android.

Additional apps

Interested in finding another high quality mental health app, but feeling overwhelmed by all the choices? PsyberGuide is a helpful non-profit site developed by UCSF alum and UC Irvine professor Stephen Schueller, PhD, that provides expert reviews on mental health apps (both credibility and user experience) and offers solid recommendations.