Parents' Guide to


By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Find tools, social support from strangers and therapist.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

bad service

this is very costly to use the entire app. Also while using the community and support chats, it is understandable people are struggling but while trying to help they cuss at you for no reason. people are rude. If they get upset they flag you and then you are unable to use the chats or any of the gratitude posts again. I did not do anything wrong and tried contacting the, several times with no response. This is not a supportive app. I would try Happify instead. Uses a lot more positive approaches and the community is very supportive
age 15+

People would flag your account if they disagree with you

I got flagged, i did nothing wrong and my account is deactivated. I tried emailing them and never got a word back. very disappointing app. Everything is so negative and this individual called me names for no reason. He was upset that i disagreed w him. very dumb

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

There's a toolbox full of features on this anxiety and depression support app that may feel on-target or overwhelming, depending on the user, and it's important to be mindful of safety and privacy concerns. Sanvello is clearly a nice-looking app -- the scenes, colors, and icons are pretty. There are so many ways here for adults and teens to get new ideas, reflect, gain perspective, and get support, including by encouraging their own therapist to access the information that the user enters into the app or by finding a therapist. Some of the groups and threads in the community support area have substantive content, while others are pretty general and thin. It's worth noting that it may be possible that some people who are battling anxiety, stress, or depression may find this app just too overwhelming; the sheer number of choices may be too much for someone who's already overwhelmed. There are apps out there with more guidance and fewer choices -- and that just feel calmer for those needing something simple. It's important to note that this type of app is not for a teen in acute crisis who is thinking about self-harm, and it would be great for this type of app to state this up front. Also, as with any app that allows contact between your teen and strangers, parents will want to monitor and talk to kids about safe use. That said, Sanvello's free features are well worth a try, if for no other reason than to monitor moods, learn to embrace the language of emotion, and find like-minded people.

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