Men’s mental health and digital solutions. WS2 (Technology)
Calling innovators to the second workshop of Meet the Clinician – Men’s mental health and digital solutions.
The first workshop was a clinician and expert-by-experience led discussion held on 28th September, aimed at hearing from those that really understand what it is like being involved with mental healthcare (both staff and patient perspectives) to help companies understand where the need for innovation might lie. In particular, we focussed on what are things like now and what might we want for the future, in order improve staff and patient experience and drive positive change through digital innovation solutions.
The conversation highlighted the difficulties in identifying mental health problems right at the start and having safe places that allow people to talk about their emotions, being able to access the help you need at the right place, in the right time and in the right way, understanding how the system works (digital/face to face, traditional/new additional services) and what are the options available for different needs (NHS treatment, digital app, peer support groups, campaign, training, etc.).
When engaging with men, it is crucial to recognise there is a broad spectrum of men and to be able to speak to different men’s identity in order to ensure you are where men need help, aspiring to be as diverse and inclusive as possible.
Education about mental health is perceived important, in particular specialist training to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skillset to enable appropriate diagnosis and peer support training to help people support their peers in the most appropriate way, especially with the ability to listen.
The second workshop will be held at 16.00 – 17.30 on Tuesday 12 October.
It will be a follow-up innovator led session, where selected companies can pitch their proposition to the specialists.
We’re looking for innovators who are working to address one of the themes identified in the first workshop by male users as being important: prevention, access, choice, training, communications and diversity.
Solutions don’t need to be targeted solely at men.