The Future Challenge: Young People and Mental Health Resilience

The Future Challenge: Young People and Mental Health Resilience

This challenge is now closed. Focusing on supporting young people with their mental health and well-being, this challenge aims to identify digital technologies and services that could provide early identification of mental health issues, support prevention and build resilience.

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This national call offers up to £40,000 to companies with a product or service already on the market. We are looking for organisations that are ultimately capable of supplying their product or service on a commercial basis in response to our health and care challenges.

Our priorities for this programme in the West of England focus on two areas:

1) building and promoting resilience

2) early identification

Nigel Harris, AHSN Director of Innovation and Growth, said: “We are passionate about making innovation relevant to everyone and working with end users in the co-production of new products and services. We are excited to see innovations that offer the potential to better support young people.”

How can innovation help?

This challenge offers the chance for innovators to have their innovative product or service used and evaluated in a real world setting with support from the West of England AHSN.

At the end of the evaluation, innovators will receive a report on the evaluation which will also be shared with West of England AHSN members who commission and provide healthcare services across our region with a population of 2.4 million people.

They will also be offered the opportunity to develop products in line with commissioner and provider requirements.

Desired impact / Outcomes

This challenge aims to deliver evaluation and case study data which we believe will:

  • Support the evaluation and introduction of innovative products and services across the West of England region
  • Support our members to achieve their local mental health objectives and needs
  • Increase the potential for sales of the technology in West of England healthcare providers
  • Increase the potential for national sales via the sharing of case studies across the 15 AHSNs