ThinkNinja the first mental health app approved by the NHS under new technology guidelines

ThinkNinja the first mental health app approved by the NHS under new technology guidelines

We are delighted to announce that ThinkNinja has been identified by the NHS as a digital tool that meets the needs of children and young people (aged 10 -18 years) experiencing increased mental health needs as a result of COVID-19.

ThinkNinja completed an NHSX-led multi-step approach to assess potential digital tools and services to meet the needs of children and young people. Involving an Expert Reference Group consisting of clinicians and subject matter experts, this approach covers effectiveness, safety, ease of implementation and how well it might fit into relevant mental health care pathways.

Before being listed on the NHS Apps Library, ThinkNinja underwent the final comprehensive assessment process to ensure the clinical safety and efficacy over seven key areas;

  1. Clinical safety
  2. Evidence on clinical outcomes
  3. Data protection
  4. App security
  5. Usability and accessibility
  6. Interoperability
  7. Technical stability

ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of interactive content and tools, guided by an AI-driven virtual avatar called “WiseNinja”, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well. ThinkNinja uses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

In response to increased anxiety about the coronavirus, new content, created by specialist child psychologists, has been added in ThinkNinja. The new content covers fears relating to the virus, how to cope with isolation and stay connected to family and friends, how to deal with concerns about personal health and the health of family members, and how to build mental strength and develop coping techniques to use during the crisis.

Rich Andrew, Founder and CEO of Healios said, “We’re incredibly proud that ThinkNinja was the first mental health app to complete the rigorous technical and safety assessment of NHS Digital and be approved on the NHS Apps Library in response to the NHS’ invite to tech providers and proactive approach in identifying, unlocking and delivering viable and scalable solutions to help children and young people, one of the most vulnerable groups, during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We wanted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by removing barriers to the right support tools for children and young people in order to stay well in these uncertain and destabilising times. The support from the consortium of NHS organisations and the availability of ThinkNinja on the NHS Apps Library helps to build on the awareness that ThinkNinja is available for the mental health and emotional wellbeing of every 10-18 year old in the UK during the crisis.”

ThinkNinja was developed in compliance with NHS information governance standards including the NHS Data and Security Protection Toolkit, GDPR and the DCB0129 Clinical Safety Risk Assessment and is covered under Healios’ internationally certified Information Security Management System standard ISO27001.