14 November 2014

In Hand App

In October, we found out that the app In Hand, developed by FACT in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Red Ninja Studios, was nominated for the Mersey Care NHS Trust’s Positive Achievement Award 2014. The app was launched in May earlier this year, and was funded by Comic Relief, Nominet Trust and the Creative Skills for Life initiative.

At the award ceremony at St George’s Hall  last night (13 November) we found out that we missed out on the award, but we are still delighted to have been up for the prize! Winner of the award was our Mersey Care colleague Nicky Fearon, who won for 'Improving service user experience'. Congratulations Nicky!

In Hand was co-created by a group of 16-25 year olds to help young people affected by mental health issues, and acts as a simple, digital ‘friend’ that promotes mental well-being and offers support through some of those difficult moments that many young people face. It was developed in response to growing concerns over mental health problems among under-18s, with one in ten now thought to be living with a diagnosable condition in the UK.

Louise Latter, Young People’s Programmer at FACT said: ‘At FACT, we really are proud of this project – In Hand has had over 5,000 downloads and both the app itself as well as the collaborative process we went through to create it has received a really positive response. It’s important as it shows that user led production really can be successful and rewarding for organisations.’

Tor, In Hand app participant, said: ’My colleagues at work had the app and didn't know I had made it! It made me feel proud and happy that it is helping people."

The app aims to raise awareness and understanding of the steps individuals can take when they’re struggling to help themselves feel better.

You can find out more about In Hand here.