We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Comic Relief to evaluate the digital outputs from an exciting project called Innovation Labs.

The Labs initiative has worked with young people, youth mental health professionals and digital agencies to prioritise seven ideas for new websites or smartphone apps that will support young people with their mental health. The new digital tools include ways to provide information, promote access to services and support strategies for self-management. The project has been funded by a consortium of charities including Comic Relief, the Mental Health Foundation and Nominet Trust. The evaluation will run from April 2014 to January 2015 and aims to assess the intended and social value of three digital tools as well as young people's experience of using them.

Professor Chris Hollis, Director of MindTech, said "We're delighted to be working with Innovation Labs to evaluate these new digital products and begin to explore what impact they have on young people's mental health. Young people increasingly manage their lives through digital media and promoting ways for them to look after own mental health in this way makes good sense so long as they are designed and implemented in the right way. Furthermore, undertaking this project will enhance our expertise in developing new ways to evaluate digital healthcare." 

Read more about this and MindTech's other work on our Current Projects page.