Mental health – Utopia for Realists

I’m in Carluccio’s. I love Carluccio’s. I wanted somewhere quiet to sit and think after a busy morning. Back in January, I met the civil servant who operates as Head of Campaigns for the Cabinet Office, Claire Pimm. We exchanged some ideas about mental health and the future of policy, and particularly in reference to…

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Time to Talk

Tomorrow, 1st February, is Time to Talk day, and I’m taking part. I’m running a free event at the RSA at 6pm with Kenny Mamarella D’Cruz, who runs MenSpeak and we’re delighted to be able to welcome Sue Baker, the head of Time to Change to set the scene for an evening of storytelling and…

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Blue Monday 2018

Today is Blue Monday, calculated to be the most depressing day of the year. At this point, reading this, you might be on a train to work, surrounded by commuters, wishing yourself back to Christmas, or forward to spring, anywhere but – as you look at grey faces around you – here. The history of…

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We won the Stelios Award!

This has been an amazing few days. I’ll remember the week starting the 12th November 2017 most likely for the rest of my life. The date is easy to remember for me, it’s my mum’s birthday. And on that day my family gathered in Richmond for a celebration Sunday lunch. Meanwhile, I was in Chelsea…

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Mental health tech and your gut

“Would you like a glass of kefir?”. That’s how we’ve been beginning our focus groups on mental health tech this month. Then I tend to go into an explanation of how probiotics are good for your gut, and therefore your mental health, and it leads into a discussion of why and how we asked LEON…

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Democratising mental health like Stelios

On Friday I had the nicest start to the weekend – a conversation with Beth Ditzel, the communications officer from Leonard Cheshire Disability. Mental Snapp has been shortlisted for an award from the Stelios Foundation, their annual Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs. The award is administered by Leonard Cheshire, and Beth was arranging press support for…

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Demo Day

It’s five o clock in the morning of our Bethnal Green Ventures Demo Day and I’m awake. Lottie the dog was scratching to get out and go to drink water, but I was awake anyway. So I lie under the covers for twenty minutes in the warm bedroom, light with midsummer early sunshine, and then pull…

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Our market research so far

It has been an interesting journey so far with our market research, and we’re not over yet. We started with the idea that people would want to add video to their medical record, and since then we have pivoted to a social model of mental health. This is by listening to users, clinicians and people…

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The 'really disabled' argument

At Mental Snapp, we don’t refer to ‘mental health service users’ but to ‘people actively managing their mental health’. Which to a certain extent we all do, but for some it is a more full time occupation than others. In the light of this, it seems appropriate to look at George Freeman’s remarks today, which…

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