The Innovation Labs Grants Programme is now closed to new applications. We’ve selected eight ideas from the Labs process and have finished assessing applications to develop, implement and grow each one into a product that improves young people’s mental health and wellbeing. To find out who got funded for what click here.
The Programme was open to not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, including partnerships with private organisations. Approximately £47k is available to support each one over an 18 month period.
Invitation to Apply (archive content)
Download the Invitation to Apply
If you have a question we’ve set up a support thread in the comments section of the FAQs here.
The Functional Specifications
Here you’ll find downloadable specifications for each idea, along with video pitches for five of them. The pitches were filmed at Lab 2 in February 2012. Their content broadly reflects that of the specifications however there may be some inconsistencies due to the limited time available to put them together at the end of the Lab. Defer to the specifications if you’re in doubt or ask a question and we’ll do our best to answer.
An app that helps you understand what contributes to your mental health by linking your mood to moments in time. It focuses on one simple action: a record of your mood at a single point.
A digital tool to support young people with mental health issues to make effective use of consultation time with their GP. It will help them know what to expect, plan what to say, and record the results of their time with them.
Madly in Love
A website dedicated to love and mental health – for you and, if you have one, your partner. It will provide advice and support for young people with mental health issues who are in or seeking a romantic relationship, and also for their partners.
Job for Me
A video-based website that supports young people with (or recovering from) mental health issues on their path into employment or back into education.
A personal interactive recovery guide inside a smartphone app. Young people with mental health issues can use it to avert or deal with rapid deterioration in their mental health. As an app it is reactive and proactive and aims to promote independence and strengthen resilience.
Keep the Trust
An online resource for non-mental health professionals who are working with young people with mental health problems.
It provides information on:
- how to deal with mental health related issues in a variety of youth settings;
- how to work proactively with young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
As a result of using it professionals will have greater skill, knowledge and confidence in supporting young people with emerging or existing mental health issues, who will in turn have a better support experience and need less specialist interventions.
A digital tool that aims to empower young people through accurate, accessible information about mental health medications. It could be a website or an app, or both.
It provides easy to understand and reliable online information and advice on how prescribed drugs may influence mental and physical health, with simple explanations of how the medications work.
As a result of using Medfacts young people will make more informed choices about their medication, increase their participation in decisions about their treatment and take increased responsibility for their care.
A feature filled online map with listings of local mental health services for young people.
It gives services the ability to promote their offer to 16 – 25 year olds and gather user feedback. It gives young people the ability to easily find mental health services in their local area, assess their suitability and comment on their experience.
As a result of using My Places young people will find it easier to access services and make more informed choices around which one to use.