Young people in Somerset can access support for their mental health via a new portal which is available on an app.

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has partnered with MeeTwo to provide specialist support to young people in areas Somerset by creating a unique portal which sits inside the MeeTwo app.

MeeTwo is a multi-award winning, fully moderated, mental help app for young people aged 11-25. The peer support model enables young people to talk about difficult things, and to help themselves by helping each other. Reciprocity allows young people to transform their own difficult life experiences into useful advice for others.

The service is now available for children and young people aged 11-18 with the following postcodes:

  • BA20 – BA22
  • BA6
  • TA1 – TA3
  • TA10
  • TA18

The portal will enable young people to connect directly to the support services offered by Somerset CCG including Young Somerset, KOOTH, 2BU, Mindline, ChatHealth and LifeBeat.

It’s a pilot scheme supported by Somerset’s Public Health Team, Education Inclusion, Child and Adolescent Health Services (CAMHS) and Young Somerset.

After six months the pilot will be reviewed with the aim of expanding to more postcodes in Somerset.

One of the best ways for a young person to improve their wellbeing is to share how they are feeling. The multi-award winning MeeTwo app makes it easy to talk about difficult things, and to get support.

The app is safe because all posts and replies are checked by human moderators before they go live, and in-house counsellors provide extra support if it is needed. MeeTwo is featured on the NHS Apps Library and currently supports over 36,000 young people from across the UK. It can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Here’s what one young MeeTwo user said: “I actually didn’t realise how much better this app can make someone feel. I love being able to ask my own questions and just the experience of trying to help even one other person helps me to feel happier too.”

MeeTwo have also launched a new directory in the app, which gives young people the tools to help themselves, and each other. The directory provides access to 24/7 crisis support and specialist services including Crisis. The directory also includes a selection of books, videos, apps and Ted Talks, as well as personal stories about the issues that affect young people.

Peer support has been shown to improve quality of life, wellbeing, social networks, self-esteem and social functioning, alongside reductions in hospital admission rates and use of hospital emergency services.

 Support from Young Somerset, Lifehacks and www.cypsomersethealth.org, KOOTH, 2BU, Mindline, ChatHealth and LifeBeat, can also be accessed via their websites for children and young people not based in the pilot postcodes.

Submitted by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group