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An app a day can keep the doctor away - new scheme to help young access mental health services

New apps can help young people access mental health services Credit: NHS

Children and teenagers with mental health issues will soon have access to new apps to help them. It's part of a new technology platform to transform mental health services for the young. It was designed by children, young people, families, and professionals in partnership with Liverpool and Sefton and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Community and Social Care, is announcing the new scheme today.

The technology will provide a set of support and assessment resources giving them access to a wide range of professional resources.


Our partners, young people, families and carers are excited to be involved in a project developing technologies and apps that will help all citizens access, engage and monitor outcomes in emotional health and wellbeing health services. It gives the opportunity to work together to develop forward thinking and innovative service that will harnesses the support that technology can offer health care.

– Nicky Fearon, Transition and Youth Mental Health project manager at Mersey Care NHS Trust

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