The power of social media, peer support, and digital technology will all be harnessed to provide a wide range of evidence-based self-management resources, alongside tips and advice from mental health experts and people with lived experience.
Developing Online Self-help and Self-Management
The development of online self-help and self-management tools and resource made available through national health and care websites provide access to those individuals who:
- Are mentally well but would like further support for their wellbeing;
- Are struggling with their mental health but have not approached a GP/Clinician; and
- Have a diagnosed mental health disorder and need help with self-management or accessing further support.
Developing a Mental Health Self-Management Platform
A digital platform is in development that will enable individuals to access a bespoke set of resources tailored to their specific needs via a secure log-in system. The platform will offer access to relevant webinars, podcasts, blogs and other recommended resources. Significantly, it will give access to online learning communities, where individuals can benefit from peer support through moderated online ‘conversations’ with other people with lived experience, in a safe environment.
Assessment of Suitability
Assessment of suitability of new technologies and digital solutions through appropriate assessment is a key to the work within the self-management workstream. Focusing on evidence of effectiveness, safety, need and fit. Work continues across the programme to continue to refine and further develop appropriate assessment criteria for digital solutions used within mental health.