We are looking to support companies to gather NHS based evidence for their mental health technologies. Mental health difficulties can affect people of all ages and at any time of their lives. Prevention, early identification and proven interventions can positively impact patient outcomes.
Scope: Technology enabled Mental Health Care
We are particularly interested in three areas:
- new interventions for children and young people's mental health
- depression and anxiety
- innovative means to clinically manage and follow-up patients at risk of poor mental well-being.
The current crisis in children and young people’s mental health sees one in ten children aged 5-16 with a diagnosable condition . There is an urgent need for interventions that promote restorative and healthy practices, while circumventing social stigma, embarrassment and isolation.
Furthermore, solutions for depression (a leading cause of global disability ) and anxiety (often co-morbid with depression ), need to be co-developed with service users, as well as demonstrate their safety for the user’s well-being. While an array of apps exist for self-monitoring of depression/anxiety symptoms, the real impact lies in new methods of enhancing the efficacy of existing psychological treatments between clinical appointments. This could take the form of gamified content, immersive technologies that simulate real-world scenarios and virtual assistants.
There is also regional interest in enabling population-based health that focuses on local prevalence. General well-being concerns such as smoking, weight gain, and post-cancer survival, can result in patients being seen in primary and/or secondary care. Thus, approaches that address the interface between primary and secondary care for mental health, will ensure patients are properly managed and receive appropriate follow-up care.How to apply:
Interested companies that meet the scope and eligibility criteria can apply here by 5pm on 19 November 2018.
- Successful applications will be notified by the 30 November 2018.
- Successful companies will be asked to present at the TSP workshop on the 12th December 2018; please hold this date in your diary.
- If you have any questions please email Sandra Nwokeoha: email@example.com
 The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, Feb 2016; https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf
 World Health Organization. (2017). Depression and other common mental disorders: global health estimates.
 Cummings, C. M., Caporino, N. E., & Kendall, P. C. (2014). Comorbidity of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents: 20 years after. Psychological bulletin, 140(3), 816.