A digital health company will receive support from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the Health Innovation Exchange (HIE) project to develop mental health programmes.
Oh My Mood – who has chosen Liverpool as its base – work with clinicians and universities to make evidence-based blended care pathways available to mental health therapists and service users with the aim of making mental health support more effective and accessible.
LJMU is introducing Oh My Mood to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team who provide evidence-based psychological therapies to people with mental health problems.
Grahame Smith, a reader in Mental Health at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “Oh My Mood is driving innovation in the mental healthcare sector and I am thrilled that the Health Innovation Exchange project has been able to offer support and close collaborations with academia to help them further develop their programmes.”
LJMU is linking their postgraduate students with Oh My Mood to help run a series of seminars on mental health across the City Region called Psychology Unwrapped. These are scientifically based events around mental health care topics designed to remove the stigma around mental health by creating awareness and openness to talk about these issues and have been taking place in other cities.
Jaime Essed, founder and CEO of Oh My Mood, said: “Blended care, where traditional therapies and the latest eHealth methods are seamlessly integrated in mental health care pathways, is a relatively new concept. After only using evidence-based methodologies during the development phase, we were very excited to be introduced to LJMU through the Health Innovation Exchange programme. With the IAPT team as our research partner, we will set out to rigorously evaluate, assess and provide evidence that our blended care pathways provide high-quality, affordable and future-proof mental health care that benefit service users worldwide.”