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Mental health app, My Possible Self, receives first NSH commission

Good Thinking, the NHS-approved digital mental wellbeing service for London, has partnered with My Possible Self to help more Londoners who are experiencing common mental wellbeing concerns improve how they feel every day.

My Possible Self, the mental health mobile app that uses clinically-proven techniques to help people reduce excessive stress, overload and anxiety, has partnered with Good Thinking to provide Londoners with new NHS-approved ways to combat poor mental health and boost wellbeing throughout their day.  

The app is based on content clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression within eight weeks. It has also been shown to improve work and social functioning.

The partnership offers a series of innovative tools to improve their wellbeing anytime, anywhere for people living and working in London.

Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Good Thinking, said: “We know that one in four Londoners is going to experience a mental wellbeing problem in their lifetime, and many people are looking for new ways to proactively be mentally well. Our goal at Good Thinking is to find apps that contain the content that will make a difference to your mental health, but also give you a good user experience. 

“We think My Possible Self succeeds in both of these areas, and are excited to be bringing My Possible Self to the attention of Londoners, free of charge. We really think it can make a difference.”

My Possible Self is also taking part in the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme that aims to speed up the adoption of technology in the capital’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health.

The partnership with Good Thinking represents the company’s first commissioning by the NHS since the app was launched at the end of 2017. It was listed at the NHS Apps Library in summer 2018. 

Fleur Wilkinson, director of My Possible Self, said: “We are delighted to be working with Good Thinking to provide safe and proactive self-help for Londoners who want better mental health. 

“We believe that digital technology has an important role to play in promoting self-management and behavioural change at scale.”

Jenny Thomas, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme director, said: “It is fantastic to see more and more NHS organisations adopting new technologies to solve some of their long-standing challenges. 

“I commend this move from the Good Thinking initiative, which will mean that more Londoners can access the mental health support they need, whilst alleviating pressure on the health service. 

“Mental health waiting lists can be long, and this partnership with My Possible Self will help to put mental healthcare back into the hands of patients.”

My Possible Self has been adopted by a number of employers in the financial services and media industries to support employee wellbeing. It is also available directly to consumers via the App Store, Google Play store and through their website.

My Possible Self offers users a set of tools and techniques to better understand mood, notice patterns in behaviour, become more self-aware and improve mental wellbeing. 

Good Thinking has been commissioned by all 32 London-based NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, a majority of London Borough Local Authorities, and supported by Public Health England, NHS England and the Mayor of London. 

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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