What are our three key takeaways?


Mental Health Apps Rating Map

According to the MHFAengland (Mental Health First Aid England) 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year and mental health is the single largest source of burden of disease in the UK. Around 70-75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all. This potentially offers an interesting opportunity for digital health solutions, such as mobile health applications.

To explore this opportunity, ORCHA has reviewed more than 350 of the market’s most downloaded, Level 4 Mental Health apps, looking at more than 226 criteria across three main components: Data Security (DS), Clinical Assurance (CA) and User Experience (UX).

To reveal the results, we’ve plotted their results in a 3D chart.


This reveals 3 key takeaways:

1.       Amongst the apps that scored above our quality threshold (65%), there were three (Red Circle) that scored exceptionally high which were Wysa, Brain in Hand and Sleepio. Wysa is also currently the highest scoring App on ORCHA’s appfinder across all health conditions, with a score of 93%.

2.       The App circled in blue (DGT Onderweg) is interesting as it scored similarly to some apps above our quality threshold, with the exception of a particularly poor score for Data Security. Similarly, in the Purple circle there are multiple apps that straddle the 65% boundary, indicating that a small change to any of the three domains could push them above the threshold.

3.      119 of the Apps were Green, 117 were Amber and 119 were Red, indicating an almost perfect split between the three bands. The biggest area where these Apps could improve is Clinical Assurance.

To explore our 3D chart, click here.
Or to read our mental health app reviews, follow this link.


Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.

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