Find out more about how the Cove app helps people who are feeling anxious or depressed to use music to communicate through a technique called expressive therapy.

What is Cove?

The Cove app helps people to improve their emotional and mental health by encouraging self-expression through expressive therapy. The app can be used at any time, but it is most helpful when someone is finding it difficult to express themselves through talking or writing.

It is not a cancer-specific service, but people living with cancer may benefit from using it.

This app is approved by the NHS and features in the NHS Apps Library.

How does the Cove app work?

Cove encourages people to create music to capture a mood such as joy, sadness, calm or anger. This music can then be stored in a personal journal or shared with others. Cove can also be used alongside talking therapies and counselling.

To create music, people choose from one of six different moods: calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and gentle. The person is then encouraged to explore and be creative with different musical melodies, instruments and effects, to create a track which reflects their mood or what they are feeling.

These can be stored in a private journal which someone can return to at any time. People can also add any personal thoughts, tag music they have created and share it with others.

How can I get Cove?

The Cove app is a free service available from the App Store.


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