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NELFT launches exciting new MindFresh platform

NELFT is delighted to announce the launch of its newest digital platform on 11th June, 2018.

The app (which is now available on the Apple store and Google Play) was created in partnership with young people… for young people, to empower them to make positive decisions concerning their mental health, and provides a vast array of resources as part of their support.

MindFresh is a technology solution to facilitate the access to health services (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services).

MindFresh (previously known as My Mind) has already received plaudits across the digital health sector, as it won the award for Digital Innovation at the 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards.

The app was created to meet a growing need for better child and adolescent mental health care. In a future edition, the app will signpost users to approved advice and support, as well as enabling them to manage their recovery journey with appointment reminders and access to care plans, and has video messaging technology to encourage communication with their clinicians. Anyone can access the MindFresh webpage ad its wide-range of resources available on the mobile app.

More than 50,000 children and young people turned to NSPCC’s Childline last year because of a serious mental health problem, and the Department of Health’s Five Year Forward View has highlighted the need to develop preventative support for young people suffering with mental health concerns, as well as a need to improve communication for young people. MindFresh can achieve both.

Digital technology is not new however the health sector has been slow to this particular innovation. Due to the surge in accessibility and familiarity among young people, the use of technological devices, apps or social media can no longer be ignored. By embracing this new era of communication we can exploit technology to provide far reaching mental health and community services like never before.

Emma Selby said: “MindFresh offers preventative support and improved communication for children and young people suffering with mental health concerns.

“Putting young people at the heart of the design process has resulted in technology that does exactly what they asked for, alongside meeting clinicians’ needs and expectations.”

The app was created to meet a growing need for better child and adolescent mental health care. The app signposts users to approved advice and support, as well as enabling them to manage their recovery journey with appointment reminders and access to care plans, and has video messaging technology to encourage communication with their clinicians.

 

Further information

To learn more about MindFresh please visit the NELFT website page at: https://mindfresh.nelft.nhs.uk.
To follow MindFresh on Twitter @MindFresh_

The Chief Executive of NELFT, John Brouder, said: “We are really proud of the MindFresh project and the innovation that has gone into producing the award-winning app. MindFresh is a terrific example of experience based co-design enabling young people to complete their own outcome measures and instant message with clinicians, all while automatically updating the electronic patient record, is truly innovative.”

Notes to editors:

  1. For more information please contact the communications team at NELFT NHS Foundation Trust on 0300 555 1299 or email communications@nelft.nhs.uk

     

  2. NELFT provides an extensive range of community and mental health services for people living in Essex, Kent and Medway and the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.