BSI publishes apps development standard

e-Health Insider, 14 May 2015

The British Standards Institution has published a set of standards to support developers creating health and wellness apps…

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Royal College backs eRedbook

E-Health Insider, November 2014

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has endorsed the digital version of the ‘red book’ that is given to parents and carers at a child’s birth…

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Samaritans Launches Twitter App To Help Identify Vulnerable People

The Samaritans, 29 October 2014

Samaritans, the leading suicide prevention charity, has launched Samaritans Radar – a free web application that monitors your friends’ Tweets, alerting you if it spots anyone who may be struggling to cope. The app gives users a second chance to see potentially worrying Tweets, which might have otherwise been missed.

Created by digital agency Jam using Twitter’s API, Samaritans Radar uses a specially designed algorithm that looks for specific keywords and phrases within a Tweet. It then sends an email alert to the user with a link to the Tweet it has detected, and offers guidance on the best way of reaching out and providing support.

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MindEd: e-learning to support healthy young minds

MHPF, 6 October 2014

MindEd is a free online education resource for adults to learn about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Improving knowledge of children’s mental health is important so that there is better awareness and understanding of when a young person is experiencing mental distress. The MindEd e-portal contains over 200 bite-size e-learning sessions on a range of mental health-related topics which can be used by individuals or as part of a group learning.  

The development of the MindEd programme was funded by the Department of Health and supported and developed by a consortium of medical royal colleges and child health charities. It is a valuable resource for anyone who has a duty of care for children and young people. 

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No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health

National Voices, August 2014

A new resource launched by Think Local Act Personal and National voices describes the critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective.

The narrative will help NHS and council commissioners and providers of services to organise person-centred care and recovery-oriented support for mental and physical health and to know when they are achieving it.

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