App launched to help the one fifth of Britons dealing with depression and anxiety - in partnership with Patient

A leading psychotherapist has teamed up with a former patient to create an app to help members of the public manage their stress and anxiety - issues that affect more than a fifth of British adults*. The app launch is in partnership with the UK's most popular health and wellbeing website.

An iOS app has been created to help the millions of Britons affected by stress, anxiety and depression by a British psychologist and patient. The app is called Stress & Anxiety Companion - and, in beta testing, has been used by more than 10,000 people.

Drawing on the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - a proven goal-orientated treatment method - the creators of the app hope it will help users dealing with these issues.

The app was created by a leading British psychologist and a former patient, and is being launched in partnership with Patient, the UK's most popular health and wellbeing website.

Digital Strategist Dan Bladon sought help for chronic anxiety he experienced after a serious sporting nerve injury. His therapist Dr. Robin Hart introduced Dan to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and after two months he was feeling much better. Almost ten years after meeting Dr. Hart, Dan owns an app development company and has been able to realise his ambition to create a way for people to manage their stress, anxiety and depression conveniently.

The finished app includes tools to help users relax and reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, manage and reframe negative or intrusive thoughts, access easy to digest information about stress and anxiety and create innovative 'Companion Thought Cards' which let users visualise and share key insights with friends and family.

Stress & Anxiety Companion can be downloaded for iOS devices here.

Dan Bladon, co-founder of Stress & Anxiety Companion, had the following to say,

"The Stress & Anxiety Companion is my way of using my knowledge of the benefits of CBT alongside the skills formed in my day job as a Digital Strategist, to produce something which can help people like me, manage their stress and anxiety on a daily basis.

"It's not a replacement for therapy or medication, but a tool which can be used alongside both to help us each live more productive and happier lives. With more than a fifth of our population affected by stress, depression and anxiety, I truly believe this app can help many people better manage their conditions."

Ben Foster, Operations Director at Patient said: "At Patient our mission is to help people learn about and take more control over their health. Where stress and anxiety is concerned, this app is a really simple tool which helps do that, and we are delighted to bring its benefits to a wide audience."