Harrogate-based My Possible Self aims to improve the nation's mental health

A YORKSHIRE-based company is doing its bit to protect the nation’s mental health.

My Possible Self, based in Harrogate, is making itself available free of charge to support the nation’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

The family-owned mental health app contains content that is clinically proven to help people reduce stress, anxiety and mild to moderate depression.

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My Possible Self has a base of more than 60,000 registered users and last summer was commissioned by the NHS to combat poor mental health in London.

Joanne Wilkinson (centre) with daughters Hana and Fleur (right and left).

Joanne Wilkinson, the company’s founder, said: “With all of us facing uncertainty about our health, loved ones and work, and increasing social isolation, it is no wonder we are seeing a rise in stress and anxiety.

“At My Possible Self we want to help and are making our app free for anyone who signs up.

“Based on face-to-face therapy, we will teach you psychological strategies and coping skills to tackle stress and anxiety and boost your mood.

“You can also use our mood tracker to see how activities, places and people influence your mood – so you can focus more on the things that help and less on the things that don’t.

“We will continue to offer our app for free until we have come through this crisis. We will do whatever we can to help.”

My Possible Self joined forces with the NHS-backed Good Thinking website in the summer of 2019 to provide Londoners with new ways to combat poor mental health and boost wellbeing throughout their day.

Data from the company shows Londoners who have sought help for common mental health concerns reported improvements in mood after using the mobile app My Possible Self.

My Possible Self has been adopted by a number of small, medium and large employers across the public and private sector to support employee wellbeing.

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.

Employers and NHS organisations can use MPS Connect and MPS Analytics to monitor wellbeing at a group level and provide focused support to individuals when needed.