Free NHS wellbeing app launches in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire residents can now access free emotional wellness support through an innovative new app launched by NHS South Yorkshire. 

Teladoc myStrength is an interactive and personalised support tool that provides instant and accessible emotional wellbeing support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

As well as sign posting people to crisis helplines, myStrength has a range of wellness resources and self-help guides to assist you with coping skills, relaxation techniques, or even just hope whenever you need it. 

Most activities are generally less than 3 minutes in length and cover a range of topics such as managing stress and worry, improving sleep, pregnancy and early parenting, managing chronic pain, and mindfulness and meditation. Whether you have a short amount of time available or you want to delve more deeply into the root cause of some of the things you’re struggling with, the app can help make real lasting changes. 

NHS South Yorshire has worked with Consultant Connect, part of the global Teladoc Group, to commission the new free service. The app’s wellness programme derives from evidenced-based models of psychological therapy and its dedicated resources have been created by medical professionals. 

After signing on with their code, users are asked questions to personalise their experience and fill out the World Health Organisation’s Five Well-Being Index, an accepted measure of mental wellbeing. The app tailors its recommendations based on the users’ responses. Users can choose a guided option or work their own way through the platform. 

Our moods aren’t static, often changing depending on where we are, what we’re doing, and countless other factors. Users are asked to record their feelings daily, track their progress, and create goals and habits designed to improve mental wellbeing, such as going for a walk once a day. 

Teladoc my Strength is available via smartphone (download from App Store or Google Play) and desktop using the code ‘southyorkshirewellness’.