22nd Sep, 2019

Simply the Bestie - mental health app scoops top award for health trust

Correspondent 23rd Jul, 2019

A GROUND-breaking new app to transform mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people in Worcestershire has been awarded the MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Innovation.

BESTIE – an interactive online platform built by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust won its category at a ceremony in Birmingham.

The app has also been cited nationally as the first of its kind, and aims to revolutionise the way children, young people and parents get access to online help to support emotional resilience and wellbeing.

One version of BESTIE will support children/young people who are accessing mental health services, providing online resources and tools to support their specific care plans, as well as resources which help them to track their mood, goals and progress.

A wider public version will also be available to download which will provide more generic advice and support for young people and parents.

Rob Walkley, a young person who has been working on the project said, “The project throughout has been an empowering, enjoyable experience and really shows what can be achieved when a diverse group of people come together with a mutual goal.”

The app is expected to go live later this summer.

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