ORCHA partners with Best For You – transformative mental health care for children and young people

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ORCHA partners with Best For You – transforming children and young people’s mental health services

ORCHA is very proud to announce a partnership with Best For You: a new initiative from leading NHS organisations that will transform mental health services for children and young people. By integrating a range of healthcare services into one patient-centred model of care, Best For You will provide personalised, comprehensive and long-term mental health support to children, young people, and their families. The service will use next-generation therapeutic interventions and digital tools to provide the best possible care for patients – including the use of digitally and clinically assured digital health solutions from their ORCHA digital app library. 

This much-needed service is in response to the public health crisis surrounding children and young people’s need for mental health support. A survey commissioned by NHS Digital found that the number of children and young people with clinically significant mental health conditions was 50% higher post-COVID-19 than the previous survey three years earlier. New data shows that referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in March 2021 were more than double those in March 2020. Mental health has been a top search query in ORCHA Digital Health Libraries since January 2019; during lockdown, however, searches for mental health apps increased by over 200%. And this number is still rising, at an average rate of 55% per month. Best For You will help to tackle this issue through tailored, holistic care which seamlessly integrates mental health services and digital tools.

Data shows us that children and young people are both critical and vulnerable users of mobile health devices and software. While young people are highly likely to go online to find health-related information and guidance, many find it difficult to assess the accuracy of health information from the multiple and varied sources available online. However, the pandemic has also shown that many children respond well to digital counselling.

ORCHA already works with a number of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) teams and NHS Trusts around the UK to create bespoke digital health libraries of assessed mental health technologies. Studies show that mobile health technologies can be just as effective as face-to-face mental health therapies. ORCHA also works directly with children and young people via its Digital Healthy Schools programme, which provides age-appropriate digital health education to schoolchildren. Anxiety, mental health, and depression are among the top five search terms across ORCHA’s Digital Healthy Schools digital health app libraries.

By including compliant digital therapies in its care pathways through the ORCHA partnership, Best For You can address the rising levels of children and young people facing serious mental health difficulties, while safeguarding them from any harmful digital health solutions. The Best For You ORCHA library can be found at /bestforyou.orcha.co.uk/

About ORCHA

Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.

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On World Mental Health Day, ORCHA reports that the use of mental health apps is still on the rise

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ORCHA partners with Best For You – transforming children and young people’s mental health services

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ORCHA’s researchers have been watching trends in the use of digital health for mental health support.

ORCHA is the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps. It is the world’s leading app review and distribution organisation and in the UK has created libraries of safe, top-quality apps in 70% of NHS regions.

Now, six months on from the launch of the government’s COVID-19 MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING RECOVERY ACTION PLAN, ORCHA reports that:

  • The use of mental health apps is STILL on the rise
  • The use of apps to support depression has increased by a further 86%
  • Use of apps to help with self-harm prevention has increased by 76%
  • More and more NHS Foundation Trusts are supplementing their mental health provision with mental health app libraries

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns saw a 200% increase in the use of mental health apps. But far from falling away to pre-pandemic levels, the use of mental health apps has continued to grow at an average rate of 55%.

Founding CEO of ORCHA, Liz Ashall-Payne, said

“High quality mental health apps have more than proved their worth during the pandemic and beyond. We’re working with some superb NHS trusts and CAMHS teams around the UK to create bespoke libraries of accredited mental health apps to support their clinicians, including trusts in South West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Surrey.”

ORCHA is also now working with partners Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, its charity CW+, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London NHS Trust to develop an app library that will form part of the youth-focussed Best for You programme, which is officially launching in November.

Liz added:

“Studies, including one in The Lancet*, have shown that e-therapy can actually be more effective than face-to-face therapy – and less costly. Clinicians are increasingly looking at patients holistically and including mental health support as part of wider care pathways supporting stroke recovery or weight management, for example. Health apps are a perfect way to provide this extra support.”

 

5 TOP FLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH APPS, RECOMMENDED BY ORCHA

 

Anxiety

7 Cups: Anxiety & Stress Chat

Founded by a licensed psychologist, 7 Cups is 100% CONFIDENTIAL and offers over 160,000 trained listeners and licensed therapists to choose from. Listeners provide support across 189 countries and in 140 languages. Each listener has a profile with reviews and a list of categories that they specialise in, ranging from panic attacks and bullying to eating disorders, surviving a breakup, and more.  An app user said, “I got undivided attention from someone who cared for the first time in a really, really long time.”  Another said, “Talking anonymously with a listener made me feel safe enough to really open up.”

ORCHA score: 79%

Available for iOS and Android

Free chat 24/7 or paid upgrades available for further features

 

Depression

Feeling Good: Positive Mindset.

This app uses relaxation, cognitive behavioural therapy and resilience building techniques from sport to help improve positive feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence. The main offering is a 12-track positive mental programme which is available as an in-app purchase. The programme has been used by the NHS in Edinburgh for the last 12 years to help those recovering from stress, anxiety and depression. One user said, “This is the best thing that ever came into my life. My mental health nurse recommended it to me.”

ORCHA score: 79%

Available for iOS and Android

Free with additional in app purchases

 

Teen mental health

MeeToo

MeeToo makes it easy to talk about difficult things and is for anyone aged 11+. Age banding means you chat with people who are a similar age to you, so you can get advice from people of a similar age. And every single post is checked by a moderator before it goes live, so there is no bullying, grooming or harassment. A user said, “MeeToo really turned my life around, no exaggeration! 2020 had been a really crap year for me, then my social worker and crisis worker introduced me to MeeToo. The atmosphere of this community is just amazing! The members are so sweet and the advice is really helpful.”

ORCHA score: 81%

Available for iOS and Android

Free

 

Sleep

Pzizz – Sleep, Nap, Focus

Pzizz helps you quickly quiet your mind, fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. It uses “dreamscapes” — a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects designed using the latest clinical research — to help you sleep better at night or take power naps during the day. Users said: “I love Pzizz… Best I’ve used by a mile” – J.K. Rowling, Author

“Give Pzizz a try! Love that app and it helps me fall asleep or nap on command.” – Daniel Weinard, Co-founder of Shopify

ORCHA score: 73%

Available for iOS and Android

Classic Pzizz is free. Pzizz Pro requites a subscription after a trial period

 

Self-harm and suicide

distrACT

This app provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It helps you understand urges to self-harm and encourages you to monitor and manage your symptoms. There’s advice and support information, including emergency contact numbers, how best to work with healthcare professionals and safer alternatives to self-harming. The app has been created by UK health professionals together with people with lived experience of self-harm and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention.

ORCHA score: 81%

Available for iOS and Android

Free

 

 

*The Lancet, July 2020 – EClinicalMedicine: A comparison of electronically-delivered and face to face CBT in depressive disorders

For more information on Best For You, visit cwplus.org.uk/best-for-you/

About ORCHA

Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.

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Free Webinar: Innovation in today’s mental health services

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ORCHA partners with Best For You – transforming children and young people’s mental health services

In this webinar, Dr Sam Shah, FDSRCS, Chief Clinical Digital Advisor, ORCHA, will be joined by:

  • Dr Georgia Papadopoulou, CCIO and Helena Painting, Healthtech Team, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Children and Young People.
  • Tracy Parr, Director of Transformation Children & Young People and Richard Graham, Clinical Director, Good Thinking, Healthy London Partnership
  • Dr Tom Micklewright, MBBS, MRCGP.

Register for free here.

During the webinar, we will discuss:

  • The findings from our latest report: Digital in Today’s Mental Health Services.
  • Innovation taking place at:
    1. Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, supporting young people.
    2. Good Thinking, providing digital mental wellbeing for London.
  • Which high scoring apps can help people with mental health conditions.

There will also be time for a Q&A session with the speakers.

This webinar will be recorded. All registrants will receive a copy of the slides and the recording following the webinar, along with key resources.

Reserve your free space now.

Read our latest report, Digital and Mental Health Recovery Action Plans, here.

About ORCHA

Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.

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Which digital for mental health recovery action plans?

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ORCHA partners with Best For You – transforming children and young people’s mental health services

With mounting evidence that mental health problems have become even more prevalent since the pandemic, in the UK, the government has developed a Mental Health Recovery Action plan. Backed by £500 million, it aims to respond to escalating mental health issues, specifically targeting groups which have been most impacted including those with severe mental illness, young people, and frontline staff.

During lockdown, services turned to digital, switching from in-person help to a range of digital services, such as patient-to-clinician platforms, digitally-enabled treatments, mental health and wellbeing apps, chatbots and social support networks.

As services deliver against the mental health recovery action plan and COVID-19 restrictions lift, we ask what is the role for digital now?

Click on the PDF icon below to download our report, and discover:

  • Which patients prefer online support, advice and counselling?
  • Search volumes across mental health categories, including a 2483% rise for mindfulness apps.
  • Why do only 32% of digital health for mental health meet quality thresholds? In which areas does this figure drop even further?
  • 5 examples of mental health apps that meet standards.
  • What should mental health recovery action plans include?

If you are experiencing any issues with downloading the report, or want to know more, please get in touch with us at hello@orcha.co.uk or on +44 (0) 1925 606542

About ORCHA

Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.

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