Online mental health tools prove popular across Greater Manchester

Health Innovation Manchester found people across Manchester were reporting mental health issues caused by isolation, loneliness, and personal …

Thousands of people across Manchester have accessed online mental health support services since the start of lockdown.

The new services were developed by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) in April to innovatively tackle the challenges caused by the pandemic. Coronavirus has caused an increase in mental health issues across the country and has prevented those affected from accessing support in per-son.

Dr Sandeep Ranote, Medical Executive Lead for Mental Health of the GMHSCP, said: “Radically improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester has always been one of our top priorities.

“We want to see mental health put on an equal footing with physical health.”

The GMHSCP launched three new services at the start of lockdown: Kooth, SilverCloud and SHOUT.

Kooth, an online counselling and well-being platform aimed at young people, was accessed by 4,300 children in the first three months of operation.

One anonymous user of Kooth said: “I feel so much more positive about my-self now. I feel like a different person.

“I feel supported and valued and as a result I’m making changes in my life.”

An online therapy programme, Silver-Cloud, which is aimed at adults was used by 1,013 people since April.

The healthcare body also launched SHOUT, a text messaging service which allows people with mental health issues to access round-the-clock support from trained crisis volunteers.

Health Innovation Manchester found people across Manchester were reporting mental health issues caused by isolation, loneliness, and personal circumstances.

The Office for National Statistics(ONS) in June reported that the number of adults experiencing depression doubled since before the pandemic.

Dr Ranote said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 dramatically impacted many people’s mental health, creating extra stress and anxiety for both those with pre-existing issues and those struggling to cope during the pandemic.”

The ONS found 19.2% of adults in the UK were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of local NHS organisations, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, as well as emergency services, the vol-untary sector, Healthwatch and others.

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Director of Philanthropy job with Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Build and foster relationships with potential donors and patrons to expand the organization’s philanthropic base. Location: Aspen, CO. Classification: …

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for managing andimplementing fundraising campaigns and events for the benefit ofscientific research. Build and foster relationships with potentialdonors and patrons to expand the organization’s philanthropicbase.

Location: Aspen, CO.

Classification: This is a full time, year round, exempt positionwith benefits.

Approximate Start Date: December 1st, 2020.

  • Serves as a key member of the SPRI development team.
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors anddevelop strategies to cultivate those relationships.
  • Conversant with all aspects and details of SPRI’s research andeducation programs and with the patient services provided by TheSteadman Clinic.
  • Integrally involved in the execution of SPRI’s developmentplan, which includes annual and capital fundraising goals andobjectives, strategies and tactics to be employed in each aspect ofthe development program and the scheduling of fundraisingactivities.
  • Ensures timely and accurate report deliveries to donors.
  • Adheres to SPRI safety policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of patient privacyrights.
  • Maintains confidentiality of acquired information, exercisinggood judgment and discretion.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of five years fund development or sales/marketingexperience, preferably in the non-profit healthcare arena.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Business, or relevantfield.
  • Well connected in the donor community.
  • Familiarity with and working knowledge of donor softwareprograms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, includingthe ability to make effective presentations to groups of people ofall sizes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to workeffectively with health professionals.
  • Exceptional attention to detail in executing numerous and oftencomplex and time-sensitive actions simultaneously.
  • High ethical standards.


  • Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Retirement Plan match up to 4%
  • Four weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) in year one
  • Paid Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • And more!

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SilverCloud Health and Microsoft Announce New Key Findings Linking Engagement Behaviors to …

“By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, we’re making important strides toward more deeply understanding different types of engagement …

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 10:00 am

SilverCloud Health and Microsoft Announce New Key Findings Linking Engagement Behaviors to Improved Outcomes in Digital Mental Health InterventionsAssociated Press |


SilverCloud Health, the world’s leading digital mental health platform, announced today that JAMA Network Open has published clinical findings from an ongoing study with Microsoft that aims to advance personalized internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) interventions for the treatment of symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. The JAMA paper discusses a 14-week study of 54,604 patients’ anonymized data as part of a 2-year research project between SilverCloud Health and Microsoft Research Cambridge. The research explores how artificial intelligence can be used to enhance SilverCloud Health’s digital mental health services to a large and growing number of people in need of effective and accessible care.

The key findings from the study, “ A Machine Learning Approach to Understanding Patterns of Engagement with Internet-delivered Mental Health Interventions,” include the identification of five heterogeneous subtypes based on patient engagement with online intervention; these subtypes are associated with different patterns of patient behaviors and different levels of improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety. Patterns of behavior may elucidate different modalities of engagement, which can help SilverCloud better triage patients for personalized therapeutic activities to improve outcomes and have a positive impact on those with mental health conditions. Understanding each heterogeneous subtype and pattern behavior will enable SilverCloud to predict future interactions with iCBT and create earlier intervention strategies.

“By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, we’re making important strides toward more deeply understanding different types of engagement behaviors related to our best-in-class digital mental health platform,” said Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud Health. “We hope that using Microsoft’s findings may pave the way for us to deliver even more personalized interventions that maximize engagement and improve patients’ clinical outcomes. Delivering the right content to the right person at the right time results in better clinical outcomes and even higher engagements.”

The fluctuating and sensitive nature of mental health symptomology has engendered a need for increased access to treatments that meet each person’s needs and desired outcomes. SilverCloud and Microsoft’s collaboration, called Project Talia, uses probabilistic machine learning frameworks to identify new routes for personalizing treatment while improving patient engagement and clinical outcomes.

“Our work with SilverCloud focuses on how machine learning can meaningfully assist in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems,” said Danielle Belgrave, principal researcher, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. “Through our collaboration, we’re learning how internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy can be more effective when personalized treatment recommendations are provided to patients”

The study’s findings arrive amidst globally rising symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression catalyzed by the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, where expanded access to digital mental health therapeutics is paramount. With traditional face-to-face therapeutic services disrupted, online interventions continue to offer proven equivalent clinical outcomes. In 2019, SilverCloud Health released a whitepaper about how patients who implemented digital mental health tools achieved up to 65% reduction in symptom scores.

The full publication can be found here. Read Microsoft’s blog for more information.

About SilverCloud Health

SilverCloud Health is the world’s leading digital mental health company, enabling providers, health plans and employers to deliver clinically validated digital health/therapeutic care that improves outcomes, increases access and scale while reducing costs. The company’s multi-award-winning digital mental health platform is a result of over 17 years of clinical research with leading academic institutions. Today, SilverCloud is being used by over 300 organizations globally to meet their populations’ mental health needs. Global experts have deeply validated the platform through full randomized control trials and real-world data from over 500,000 SilverCloud users. The platform continues to lead the industry with its effectiveness, engagement and range of clinical programs that encompasses the spectrum of mental health needs. Learn more at

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Uber told to compensate person with disability for cancelled ride

The Delhi State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has ordered Uber India to compensate a traveller who was discriminated against for his …

The Delhi State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has ordered Uber India to compensate a traveller who was discriminated against for his disability.

In his order on November 5, Commissioner Thakur Datt Dhariyal set a three-month deadline for the cab aggregator to compensate Arman Ali an unspecified amount for causing mental and physical trauma besides ₹14,000 he lost on June 24 when he missed his flight to Bengaluru after a cab driver in Chennai cancelled the ride because of his wheelchair.

Two more Uber drivers cancelled his ride that day.

The order mentioned two sections of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPD) Act, 2016, that prescribe fines of up to ₹5 lakh for causing trauma to a differently abled person.

A resident of Assam, Mr. Ali is the executive director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Delhi.

He suffers from 80% locomotor disability.

Cancellation charge

The cab aggregator had offered to refund only the cancellation charge of ₹45, Mr. Dhariyal noted in his order while advising Uber India to introduce training modules for its employees and driver-partners on provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act.

The Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities for Delhi took cognisance of Mr. Ali’s complaint emailed on the day of the incident.

Stressing on the principles of dignity, non-discrimination, equality and accessibility enshrined under the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Dhariyal observed that it was the obligation of all service providers, public or private, to provide services according to the rules of accessibility as mandated by Section 46 of the RPWD Act.

Transportation has been specifically included as “public facilities and services” under Section 2(x) of this Act.

Disabled-friendly cars

The Commissioner further recommended that the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways frame a policy for manufacturing disabled-friendly cars and vehicles that can be used by people with disabilities.

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy Joins WeRecover to Spearhead Innovation Around …

They have raised $5.3m from a number of venture capital firms including Crosslink Capital, Wonder Ventures, Struck Capital and Box Group.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, addiction treatment search engine WeRecover announced the addition of former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy to their Board of Advisors. Kennedy is a renowned mental health advocate who served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island from 1995 to 2011. He served alongside Governor Chris Christie, another WeRecover advisor, on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Together, they will be working to broaden WeRecover’s reach via public, payer, and health system partnerships.

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy joins addiction tech startup WeRecover to broaden access to mental health care.Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy joins addiction tech startup WeRecover to broaden access to mental health care.
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy joins addiction tech startup WeRecover to broaden access to mental health care.

On joining WeRecover, Kennedy said, “While in Congress, I co-sponsored the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Since leaving, I’ve worked hard to advance the practices, policies, and partnerships needed to broaden access to mental health and addiction care for all. In WeRecover, I found a company whose mission is completely aligned with my own. They are building digital bridges to mental health and addiction treatment services—bridges that have never existed until now. Filling this critical role helps people connect with the care when and where they need it. It’s a major step forward in addressing our nation’s addiction crisis and finally making mental health essential health.”

WeRecover’s CEO Stephen Estes expounded, “WeRecover has created the simplest way possible for anybody battling addiction to understand the spectrum of options available to them. We’ve databased America’s treatment programs, built software that enables them to participate in our platform, and created a patient-facing user experience that takes a weeks-long process and distills it down to a few minutes.”

Max Jaffe, co-founder and COO said, “Our task now is to get our platform into the hands of as many prospective patients as possible, and the simplest way to do that is through public-private partnerships, health systems, employers, and payers. Patrick Kennedy brings unparalleled experience navigating America’s mental health care system and we look forward to collaborating with him to stem the tide of this epidemic.”

While Kennedy has helped shape the laws that govern access to mental health care on the federal and state level, WeRecover is working to streamline access to care through private sector innovation around:

  • Time to treatment: WeRecover automates instant, individualized matches with treatment centers.
  • Transparency, simplicity, and choice: people can see the options available to them given their insurance, budget, clinical needs, gender, and geography.
  • Quality of Care: WeRecover is collecting data around patient outcomes to inform the relevance of their search results for each individual seeking treatment.
  • Making informed decisions: WeRecover’s algorithm uses digital, clinically-rooted frameworks that inform users’ search results based on their self-assessed clinical needs.

About WeRecover: Founded in 2016, WeRecover is a venture-backed technology company that has built the nation’s most accurate database of treatment programs and a matching algorithm that shows people their individualized treatment options. Since launch, WeRecover’s platform has facilitated over thirty million matches with treatment centers. They have raised $5.3m from a number of venture capital firms including Crosslink Capital, Wonder Ventures, Struck Capital and Box Group.

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