Liverpool’s The Mind Map has produced a “one stop shop” for mental health, through a new online platform.
It’s been created following a “groundbreaking” research project, carried out by the company, mental health organisations and academics from Liverpool John Moores University, Imperial College London and the NHS.
“Our research uncovered that people don’t feel they have access to the support they need, in a format that is accessible and relevant to their everyday lives. This was certainly the case for me personally when trying to find help for my anxiety and OCD,” explained Founder Phil Bridges, a lecturer in Mental Health Innovation and Mental Health First Aid instructor.
“With recurring lockdowns restricting people’s ability to receive in person support, we have recruited 20 associate counsellors experienced in delivering therapy online. Clients can choose a qualified counsellor by location, gender and specialism. We have sessions people can purchase, plus are providing free counselling to healthcare workers and unemployed people in Liverpool’s L8 area.”
Graphics for the platform were designed by Kruger Buro with website development carried out by Citrus Suite.
In addition to offering mental health support, it aims to normalise mental health through engaging advice and articles from academic experts, writers and public figures.