WHAT IS MHI?
Mental Health Innovations (MHI) is a digital mental health charity, which develops new ways to help people have conversations about mental health. We combine digital innovation, data-driven analysis and the experience of mental health experts. Our purpose is to transform lives by improving access to helpful digital resources for mental ill health in the UK.
MHI was founded in November 2017, with the support of The Royal Foundation following their successful Heads Together campaign. Heads Together identified the potential that digital tools offer in supporting people struggling with their mental health. Our first digital programme is currently being piloted and we will go live in 2019.
MHI works in partnership with charity partners, academic institutions and the corporate sector to help improve mental health in the UK.
“We want to use the power of technology to reach the millions of people, especially young people, who feel isolated and alone, and help them to find the right place to talk.”
CEO, Mental Health Innovations
THE CASE FOR DIGITAL INNOVATION
MHI was established because we believe passionately that technology can help improve mental health outcomes in the UK.
We know that:
- Rapidly evolving technology offers the potential for us to reach large numbers of people with tools to start conversations and get help, whenever and where ever they need this support.
- There is a need for new digital tools for mental health as currently, a search online can produce confusing and conflicting information and advice.
- The Heads Together campaign research shows that young people are more likely than any other age group to be having conversations about mental health using technology - by phone, email or social media.
- Around the world, the use of technology to reach those in need of help and support is showing promising outcomes. We want to make sure these advances are available to people in the UK.
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