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Doc Ready: Making the most of young people’s mental health consultations

Doc Ready is an Innovation Labs project working with young people to design and develop digital tools to support them to make the most of mental health related GP visits. It will help young people to know what to expect during a GP consultation, plan what to say and record the outcomes of their appointments.

Having already been an important part of the Innovation Labs process, Neontribe (paper and digital prototyping pros with a passion for user-centred design) and Social Spider (mental health / well-being organisation and publisher of ‘One in Four‘ magazine) have joined forces with FutureGov (technology, design and change management) and Enabled by Design (community passionate about Design for All) to make Doc Ready a reality.

Innovation Labs is a project run in partnership with the Paul Hamlyn FoundationNominet Trust and Comic Relief, and supported by the Mental Health Foundation‘s Right Here initiative. Four years in the making, the Innovation Labs project has been working towards running a grants programme to explore how digital tools can be used to support and improve young people’s mental health.

To help identify potential ideas to develop, design and build, the Innovation Labs ran two events in 2011/12 with young people, mental health professionals and digital designers to explore the area of young people and mental health. The first Innovation Labs session resulted in an impressive 126 ideas which were then narrowed down to the seven most popular and developed intensively at the second session. You can watch the seven resulting video pitches here. 

Doc Ready, the name of the project that we’re working on, was pitched at the second Innovation Labs session by Social Spider’s Mark, which you can watch here:

The final seven ideas were then opened up for applications from social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations to develop, implement and grow each one into a product that improves the mental health and well-being of young people through codesign.

You can find out more about the background of this project by reading the Doc Ready Executive Summary and watching the video below:

Doc Ready (previously Try to See it My Way) Pitch from Innovation Labs on Vimeo.