Help & Advice

Providing independent, confidential, and impartial advice to all University of Worcester students

Please note: not all apps are available on all platforms and some have a cost associated

Emoodji

Emoodji is the app for the best and worst of university!

Take a selfie or photo, choose the right emoji for your mood and send it to a friend or keep it to yourself. Emoodji tracks your mood so you can see how you’re doing, and is packed with tips on dealing with different aspects of student life: homesickness, exam stress, money worries etc.

Uni life can have its ups and downs, but Emoodji is there throughout. A fun way of looking after yourself, sharing with friends and supporting each other.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock 

How does it work?
Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.

Sleep Cycles
While you sleep, you go through cycles of sleep states. The first state in a sleep cycle is light sleep, followed by deep sleep and a dream state referred to as REM-sleep. A full sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes and is normally repeated several times each night.

Sleep Cycle alarm clock
Your movements vary with each sleep phase. Sleep Cycle uses sound analysis to identify sleep states by tracking movements in bed. Sleep Cycle uses a wake up phase (30 minutes by default) that ends at your desired alarm time. During this phase Sleep Cycle will monitor signals from your body to wake you softly, when you are in the lightest possible sleep state.

Tactical Breather

Tactical Breathing Trainer can be used to gain control over physiological and Psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, anyone can learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and Psychological responses to your body during stressful situations. This can dramatically benefit soldiers during stressful combat situations. Many of the techniques taught in this application were provided by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman from his book "On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace". 

T2 Mood Tracker

T2 Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being). Custom scales can also be built. Users rate their moods by swiping a small bar to the left or to the right. The ratings are displayed on graphs to help users track their moods over time.

Notes can be recorded to document daily events, medication changes and treatments that may be associated with mood changes, providing accurate information to help health care providers make treatment decisions.

Thought Diary Pro

The way we think determines both how we feel and how we behave. The way we think about ourselves, other people and our place in the world has a direct influence on our emotional state and our behaviour. Consequently by changing the way we think we can positively influence our mood and how we respond to situations. This is the premise behind Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which has become the most effective psychological treatment available for a range of emotional and behavioural problems including depression and anxiety. 

A thought diary is designed to help people record and change the thoughts that cause emotional and psychological distress. The Thought Diary Pro is the advanced version of the Thought Diary, and allows the identification of thinking errors (also known as 'cognitive distortions'), and the the modification of our unhelpful thoughts into more productive ways of thinking. By challenging the thoughts and beliefs that cause discontentment, dissatisfaction and other emotional and behavioural distress, we can improve our mental health and can change the destructive or adverse behaviours we may engage in as a result of our negative thoughts. 

Mood and Anxiety Diary

The way we think determines both how we feel and how we behave. The way we think about ourselves, other people and our place in the world has a direct influence on our emotional state and our behavior. Consequently by changing the way we think we can positively influence our mood and how we respond to situations. This is the premise behind Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which has become the most effective psychological treatment available for a range of emotional and behavioral problems including depression and anxiety. 

Monitoring or tracking a person’s mood can be an important part of CBT and other psychological and psychiatric treatments. The Mood & Anxiety Diary is a useful way to track changes in mood and anxiety over time. It allows the user and / or therapist to see if there are any patterns in a person’s mood variations and levels of anxiety. The Mood & Anxiety Diary involves people recording their mood and levels of anxiety at regular intervals to help them to recognize the factors which may be impacting on their emotional state. These patterns or events that trigger changes in mood and anxiety can be explored and the appropriate treatments applied- cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and / or medication. In addition, the Mood & Anxiety Diary can track whether the treatment has been effective in helping stabilize and lift a person’s mood. 

Gratitude Journal

As seen in USA Today, NPR and Oprah - Gratitude Journal is the easiest and most effective way to rewire your brain in just five minutes a day, unleashing everything great in your life. Completely private and designed get you happy!

Awakening Joy - 10 Steps to Happiness

The app helps increase well-being by guiding you through 95 experiential exercises, letting you create fun inspirational posters with your own photos and sharing your experience with friends.

The app is based on the book Awakening Joy by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Bill Gates recently recommended the book: "...even if you never read anything in this genre, this book is one you should try." 

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.

LifeArmor

LifeArmor is a comprehensive learning and self-management tool to assist members of the military community with common mental health concerns. Designed for your Android device, LifeArmor is portable and provides information and assistance at the touch of a button. Touch-screen technology allows the user to browse information on 17 topics, including sleep, depression, relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress. Brief self-assessments help the user measure and track their symptoms, and tools are available to assist with managing specific problems. Videos relevant to each topic provide personal stories from other service members, veterans, and military family members.
After selecting a topic area, information is organized into four main menu items:

Learn: Comprehensive information on the causes, characteristics, and potential solutions to emotional, relationship, and other common mental health problems that face the military community.

SAM App

SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.

Doc Ready

We know that it can be difficult to talk to people when you're having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health.

Moodbug

Moodbug makes it fun and easy to express your moods to the people close to you. Its simple 2 swipe system, which has been designed around the latest mood psychology research, lets you share how you REALLY feel about life's ups and downs. 

Worcestershire Healthy Minds
By Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Around 1:4 of us will experience feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Worcestershire Healthy Minds service, have produced a self-help app to help you overcome these feelings. Work through exercises and techniques with a quick link to a wellbeing hub for extra support.