Want to make real positive change to young people's mental health in the UK?


Do you have a digital or technology based idea that could have a real and positive impact on the mental health and resilience of young people in the UK? Do you need help bringing your idea to life?

We have teamed up with not-for-profit organisation Creative England and The Wellcome Trust to launch Create Open Health. This new healthcare initiative is an open call for digital or technology-based solutions, which could be implemented within the NHS and health sector to support the mental well being of young people in the UK.

We are looking for innovative cross-sector digital and tech ideas to answer these challenges, from those who have ideas to give but not always the opportunity nor the means to build them into something real.

We want talented people to apply with remarkable propositions, rooted in a technology or digital approach, that could directly support and empower children and young people, their caregivers, or their community – in building resilience and supporting positive mental health.

In exchange, successful applicants will be offered the chance to build on their ideas during an intensive two day development bootcamp and hackathon – with technical expertise provided to develop the digital tech behind the idea. We’ll also give applicants guidance in actually implementing their idea within the healthcare industry or network such as the NHS, guidance on financing their idea, plus we will provide ongoing support in the form of technical and business development expertise – plus the chance to secure investment too.


We’re welcoming any idea, rooted in a digital or technology offer, that you think would have a positive impact. More specifically, we’re looking for solutions that:

  • Support social inclusion and build resilience in children and young people

  • Empower young people to take control of their mental health, or to help
    the well being of them and their peers

  • Help parents, schools and communities to identify the early signs of mental health problems, and to support each other

  • Improve access to quality of care and expand the information available to children, young people, their caregivers or their community through the use of digital products

  • Help address the stigma associated with poor mental health and mental health conditions

  • Improve young people’s experience of mental health care

The closing date is Sunday 31 March 2019.

To apply, visit the Creative England Website and download the application pack.

For more information, please email Urszula Kapoulas at urszula.kapoulas@weahsn.net.