Coronavirus Support App (UK)
People suffer and many support services are overwhelmed because of misinformation, low-level health knowledge and a lack of awareness of available support. If you work in health, higher education, social care or any organisation with a duty of care, you can use the free-to-download Coronavirus Support App (UK) to provide your communities with trusted information.
This not-for-profit app enables you to make reliable health information instantly accessible, promote safe self-care and signpost sources of support - via people's smartphones.
How does the app work?
The app provides information, support and reassurance to help people:
- assess COVID-19 symptoms - recognise the symptoms of coronavirus (including the warning signs) and know what to do next
- manage in a crisis - know how to seek help when experiencing domestic abuse or feeling suicidal
- address mental health problems - such as depression, anxiety and disordered eating
- deal with the impact on everyday life - including money worries and work issues
- know what to do if in an 'at-risk' group - such as having asthma or diabetes, or belonging to an at-risk ethnic group
- learn where to go for more information - including government and NHS guidance and national charities
- find out where to go for support - such as NHS services and national helplines
How safe and secure is the app?
This app is not part of the government's 'track-and-trace' programme and does not collect any user-identifiable data. Users don't need to sign up.
The app has been developed in line with our content policy which you can access here.
Does the app have local information?
Yes, but currently for the Bristol area only.
As a free service, local NHS areas can add local customised pages to the app with links to local support.
Who developed this app?
We have developed the app collaboratively with over 40 UK health professionals, topic experts and experts by experience who kindly gave their time and expertise for free (thank you!).
Our organisational development partners are:
- Bristol Health Partners
- National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West)
- Patient Information Forum
- Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London
- Self Care Forum
- Self Injury Support
- Student Minds
- Universities UK
Get in touch
For further information email Dr Knut Schroeder (App Production Lead) at [email protected].