MeeToo Mental Health App

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Young people using the free MeeToo mental health app say they feel better and less alone.

The app is part of a service available to the NHS and local authorities to provide early intervention and prevention support at scale. It allows users to talk about difficult things anonymously and learn ways to help themselves.

A study by the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Anna Freud Centre looking at 876 young people’s experiences of MeeToo revealed that they felt better when they used the app and it helped them to support others on and offline. It also helped users to normalise mental health difficulties and reach out for help when needed.

Every month, 6,000 young people aged 11 to 25 use the app to talk about difficult things with other people of a similar age or experience. All posts and replies are checked by moderators before they go live, and in-house counsellors provide extra support in the app for high risk posts, when needed.

Dr Kerstyn Comley, co-founder of MeeToo, said: “One in six young people have a mental health problem and according to the NHS, 1.5 million children and teenagers need new or additional support for their mental health over the next three to five years.

Our scalable, early intervention solution should be part of the NHS mental health recovery plan to support young people with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and other issues that are at crisis point.”


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