NHS England is today launching the first ever directory of NHS-endorsed digital mental health services.

The Mental Health Apps Library will feature online tools, resources and apps proven to be effective in improving mental health outcomes.

Patients will be able to access to the library via the NHS Choices website, which gets over 40 million visits per month, 9.7 million of which are to pages on depression, 6 million to stress, and 9.4 million to anxiety.

Around 15% of the UK population is estimated to have a common mental health disorder, but a significant number find it difficult to seek help through traditional routes. 

Health officials are hoping that such patients may find it easier to get treatment through online therapy, which offers flexible access as well as discretion for those worried about stigma and privacy.

Right care at the right time

“Increasing access to digital services which support those suffering with mental health difficulties will help people get the right care, at the right time,” said Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said the move “showcases the NHS at its best - pioneering new ways of treating and supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society, harnessing innovative technology to help build a fairer society for us all”.