It’s Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s theme is body image. Improving awareness of mental health issues, as well as promoting people talking about mental health at a population level, is incredibly important to me and I see technology becoming an ever more important way of scaling access to vital mental health services.
The BBC has announced that award-winning filmmaker Louis Theroux will return to the UK to document the stories of women who have been diagnosed with a range of serious conditions – including depression, anxiety and psychosis – triggered by birth or the strains of motherhood. Louis will follow patients and their families in hospital and at home, exploring what lies behind their crises and discovering the immense challenge in caring for people at an incredibly vulnerable time in their lives.
Peter Hames is cofounder and CEO of Big Health, a healthtech company that creates digital programmes to help those with mental health conditions. Not wanting to enter into the potentially vicious cycle of taking medications to help him sleep, Peter, a psychologist by background, was inspired and motivated to start the company when he saw the market lacked any evidence-based, non-drug solutions for his insomnia.