SilverCloud Health expands its existing younger-generation digital therapy services

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A digital mental health platform, SilverCloud Health, is expanding its existing younger-generation digital therapy services by adding an online module for teenagers aged 14 and up to combat depression, focused on cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT).

The new module, proposed by the Dorset Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, will soon be available to schools and health trusts throughout the UK.

“SilverCloud Health expands its existing younger-generation digital therapy services.“

As a result of the problems and concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial rise in depression within the younger generation, which culminated in the creation of the depression module.

The newly developed module incorporates interactive online tools and activities to inspire the younger generation to recognise ways that they can motivate themselves, as well as provide a feeling of accomplishment. Also, it incorporates personal stories recognisable to the younger generation.

Operational Service Manager, CAMHS Gateway Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Chloe Ponsford, stated: “SilverCloud enables us to provide young people with an online programme they can access at their own pace at a time which suits them. In these current times, it gives young people the flexibility they need, enabling them to improve their mental health at home in an engaging and informative way.”

A teenager who recently had online help for anxiety via the charity Northpoint Wellbeing reported that: “At the end of the programme I feel much more confident at challenging the obsessions and compulsions, and although I’m not completely better, feel like I’m getting myself back on track, so thanks for that.”

Head of Europe at SilverCloud Health, Dr Lloyd Humphreys, stated: “There is currently huge uncertainty and worry at the moment globally and it is having a significant impact on the mental health of every age group, background and culture. Working with colleagues at Dorset CAMHS, we are very pleased to be pioneering new thinking and approaches to tackling this issue. In the week of World Mental Health Day with this year’s theme of ‘Mental Health for All’ it is appropriate to focus on the particular mental health needs of this particularly vulnerable group.”

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