Use of ThinkNinja jumps 168%

Use of ThinkNinja jumps 168%

Daily use of mental health app up 168% during coronavirus


Daily use of ThinkNinja the mental health app for children and young people, has seen an increase of 168% during the pandemic.  As a result of this increased demand, it is now freely available for all young people across the UK.


The app has been updated with specific COVID-19 content to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (aged 10-18 yrs). The app provides an opportunity to understand fears relating to the virus, consider isolation struggles and learn mental strength and coping techniques to use during the crisis.

ThinkNinja is the UK’s most advanced mental health and emotional wellbeing app for children and young people designed with self-management skills and interactive education content that is easy to translate into their daily lives.  From topics such as coping skills for day to day stresses, to more complex issues including unhelpful thoughts and thinking traps that are driving symptoms of low mood and anxiety, young people can move around the app with the guidance of a virtual avatar called ‘Wise Ninja’.  As the country has moved into lockdown, the Coronavirus outbreak has driven a surge in demand for the app, with daily usage increasing 168% since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Healios, a provider of NHS specialist digital mental health, autism and ADHD services, created ThinkNinja and is making the app freely available for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Healios is joining forces with leading children’s mental health charity Place2Be and other organisations to raise awareness of ThinkNinja to all young people aged between 10-18.  It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. 

Richard Andrews founder and CEO of Healios and the driving force behind ThinkNinja said, "The data we have collected from our young users is suggesting to us that the COVID-19 crisis is creating and exacerbating mental health difficulties for young people. We knew from our existing users that Thinkninja has been incredibly beneficial, so we have acted swiftly to make the app available across the UK.  We hope this will ensure that many more young people have much needed coping tools easily available during this period of uncertainty. The Healios team has worked tirelessly to develop specific content around COVID-19 to support the particular challenges that this crisis brings to young people. We hope this will make a huge difference. We couldn’t do this alone and I'm really pleased that through children’s mental health charity Place2Be, we are able to bring ThinkNinja to many more children and young people during a time of great need."

Catherine Roche, CEO at Place2Be said, “We’re delighted to be able to add the ThinkNinja mental health app to our menu of support options, helping us to ensure that more children and young people can access support when and where they need it. We know from our research and experience that young people want a combination of face-to-face and digital support, so it’s incredibly valuable to be able to offer this at a time when other forms of support are less accessible.”

To find out more about ThinkNinja® visit and to download the app to your device go to the app store:

Android – Google Play

Apple IOS – App Store -