Let’s improve access to mental health support for children and young people, together

access to mental health

Mayden is hosting a Digital Showcase on March 23rd 2023 with the aim to create a space for those working in children and young people’s mental health (CYPMH) to find out more about the digital solutions available to support their service.

Research demonstrates that over half of all mental health issues start before the age of 14, with 75% starting by 24 years of age. Therefore, it’s vital that providers of CYPMH services can offer children and young people early access to mental health support, when it’s needed. If we can treat young people early and effectively, it improves their wellbeing at that point in time and reduces the risk of them going on to develop longer term mental health conditions.

There are opportunities for digital technology to support those with mental health needs at every step in their journey. We believe that digital options, whether they are patient facing apps, digital therapy platforms or clinical software – deliver the most value when they work together to support continuity and quality of care.

What are some of the benefits to adopting digital options along the care pathway?

  1. Offering access to information and resources for those who want to understand and manage their mental and emotional wellbeing.
  2. Providing choice to young people who prefer digital options or want to use them while waiting for face to face therapy.
  3. Helping to reduce waiting times by offering immediate access to treatment to young people, where appropriate.
  4. Enabling therapists to monitor and evaluate progress and use the data to inform their sessions with the child or young person.

Northpoint Wellbeing, a charitable provider of therapeutic services, has found that combining digital and in-person therapy is effective in meeting the needs of young people and their families.

”Having a digital CBT-based programme for young people with anxiety felt such a helpful additional aspect to our service model. It’s now very much an integrated part of our offer. They can download the app to any device so it feels very accessible. It gives more choice for those young people who prefer a digital way of working. Plus, they can access the programme at any point that suits them.”

The aim of Mayden’s Digital Showcase is to inform CYPMH services on what is safe, effective and appropriate to use in services for children and young people – and to help address the challenges services are facing right now.

We are committed to working in collaboration with other technology providers to ensure that patient data flow supports the best experience for therapists and their patients. Providers of NHS community health services are already adopting a wide range of digital offers that can help children and young people to understand and manage their mental health issues, as well as to get help and for referral to specialist services.

Mayden works with digital partners to improve CYP access to mental health care:

Digital solutions can be used at various points of the care pathway to improve access to mental health care – while children and young people are waiting for an initial assessment, as support during treatment, or to maintain wellbeing after treatment. We’re delighted that at our Digital Showcase, Helen McGlinchey will speak about Northpoint’s experience of integrating digital therapy options into their care pathway.

There will be opportunities to meet a range of technology suppliers and hear from:

Wysa, the world’s most advanced conversational AI for mental health:

  • Provides instant support through an app that guides children and young people through interactive self-care exercises.
  • The app runs Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) questionnaires to monitor and report progress on a regular basis which are logged on iaptus CYP.
  • Provides young people with 24/7 access to interactive, AI-guided support
  • Takes users through self-care exercises, with evidence-based support for stress, grief, insomnia, coping with pain, anger, self-esteem and more.

Silvercloud, evidence-based digital mental health and wellbeing programmes:

  • Clinically validated therapeutic care that improves outcomes, increases access and scale while reducing costs.
  • Enables services to offer young people choice about their treatment with minimal waits at the point of referral.
  • Support to parents and carers, through their ‘Supporting an Anxious Child or Teen’ programme.
  • Data from the young person’s engagement with Silvercloud’s digital therapy programmes is securely stored and managed in iaptus CYP. Services can monitor progress within iaptus CYP and help services to support more young people.

iaptus CYP, the UK’s leading digital care record system for CYPMH:

  • iaptus connects mental health services to digital therapy programmes, supporting them to diversify their care delivery and offer patients greater choice.
  • Therapists can refer young people to digital therapy programmes via iaptus, with data on activity and outcomes securely and automatically pulled back into the patient record.
  • Access to high quality data about activity and outcomes, central to improving services for children and young people.
    Enables the collection and reporting of data on the Mental Health Data Set (MHSDS) and patient outcomes.

Book your place now to join us in Oxford on 23rd March, and hear from our digital mental health partners. Let’s improve access to mental health support for children and young people, together.


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