On 24 March the NHS Choices Mental Health Apps Library was launched with Big White Wall one of the first five services to be featured. The NHS Choices gathers over 40 million visits per month, 9.7 million of which are to pages on depression; 6 million per month to stress and 9.4 million to anxiety.
This pilot is the ‘first ever directory of NHS-endorsed digital mental health services’, allowing the public to explore mental health support options available online via the NHS. The pilot was championed by Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Jen Hyatt, Big White Wall CEO and founder, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first NHS-endorsed digital services on NHS Choices and applaud this bold move to bring the benefits of evidence-based digital technologies direct to the public.”
Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, said: “Mental health care can be enhanced by technology and its ability to connect us with the right treatment in a more personalised and accessible way. Increasing access to digital services which support those suffering with mental health difficulties will help people get the right care, at the right time.”
This has also been welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, he said: “With around one in four us experiencing mental health issues every year, it’s important that we do everything we can to ensure people get the support and treatment that they need to live a better life. We’ve made great strides in the past few months by investing millions in talking therapies and eating disorder services. There is £1.25 billion in this year’s Budget for children’s mental health, increased investment to help support veterans and new initiatives to help people on benefits get back into work. I know there is much left to do, which is why innovative pilots like this are so important, helping to provide treatment and support for those experiencing mental health crises. This showcases the NHS at its best – pioneering new ways of treating and supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society, harnessing innovative technology to help build a fairer society for us all.”
Visit the new NHS Choices Mental Health Apps Library here.
Read more about this initiative to promote digital health in NHS England’s press release here