New digital healthcare service to help people battling depression

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​H​ealth specialist Inhealthcare, which works with NHS organisations across the UK to digitise care, is expanding its services into mental healthcare.

The Harrogate-based company is developing digital services to help people suffering from low-level depression and anxiety.

The announcement coincides with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Inhealthcare is working in partnership with not-for-profit company My Possible Self and a globally renowned academic institute. Patient data will be hosted safely and securely by Inhealthcare within the NHS private network, N3.

My Possible Self, founded by Joanne Wilkinson in 2009, has provided emotional health and wellbeing services to thousands of patients, including those who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Ms Wilkinson said: “I have, for many years, been passionate about helping as many people as possible with their mental health issues.

“I realised some time ago that the model we use had limitations in terms of the volume of people I could help which has been an ongoing frustration.

“Now, by combining the unique technology Inhealthcare has created, with my approach and the proven content of a leading academic research institute, I will be able to achieve a lifetime’s goal of providing immediate assistance to hundreds of thousands patients throughout the UK.”

The new service will teach people how to use simple self-help strategies to manage problems and improve resilience.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety in any given year.