A new mental health app has joined the NHS Apps Library in time for the organisation’s 70th Anniversary.
My Possible Self was accepted onto the Library after successfully demonstrating that it meets NHS technical, clinical and safety standards.
The mental health app is designed to help users learn how to improve their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. My Possible Self uses learning modules to help users overcome everyday problems, manage fear and improve happiness and wellbeing.
Users can use the app’s tracking system to monitor three symptoms, so they can better understand their feelings and recognise behavioural patterns. These can then be recorded in a secure online library.
Modules consist of cognitive behavioural therapy interpersonal therapy, problem-solving therapy and positive psychology tools. The app also uses algorithms, so each eight-week treatment plan is personalised according to different users.
Joanne Wilkinson, founder and chief executive of My Possible Self, said: “We have a great team, great content and great technology and we are delighted to have successfully demonstrated that we meet NHS technical, clinical and safety standards.
“We passionately believe My Possible Self has the power to help users manage fear, anxiety and stress.”
Mental health issues are currently estimated to cost the UK £70 billion in lost productivity, benefit payments and healthcare expenditure.
David Smith, chief executive of Mind Humber and East Yorkshire, said: “Among the abundance of low quality and at times questionable apps, My Possible Self stands out as a product that not only offers standalone support but a useful complement to conventional face-to-face therapy.”
My Possible Self is working on new modules this year to help users improve sleeping, breathing and relaxation and setting smart goals.
The company has taken part in research and development trials in Redditch in the West Midlands, Calderdale in West Yorkshire and South London to gather user feedback and testimonials.