Mental Health Apps: What do young people think?

Mental Health apps are increasingly being used by young people as an extra form of support.

For young people struggling with mental health there’s a new form of support becoming widely available. Not a therapist in a doctors office or a traditional service, this type of support comes from their smart phone and can be reached anywhere there is an internet connection.

2018 has seen an increase in the number of apps available aimed at young people to help support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A rise in young people experiencing ill mental health along with severe cuts to services which would traditionally support them has lead to in increase in the number of apps available as well as the number of those downloading and using them. But are they a suitable substitute for traditional support? Which apps should young people use? Where can they find them?

Chilypep spoke to the young people we work with in Barnsley, aged between 15 and 19, to find out what young people really think about this digital support network and found mixed feelings and opinions.

“I think it’s good thatyoung people are turning to self-help methods. It’s easier to access support and self-help on phones and apps especially out of hours.” Said one young person.

Another young person commented “It’s good that we can get some help at anytime through the use of apps but it’s bad that we can’t get that help in person.”

When asked whether the young people found the apps personally helpful one young person said: “Sometimes but not when I’m at crisis point, you need to be calm enough to be rational and able to concentrate to use and understand the apps.” Another said: “I use them as they can give good advice but aren’t always helpful.”

The young people said that some of the most commonly used apps they has personal experience with were Alive, Safety Plan, WYSA, and Calm Harm.

Chilypep have been working with young people in Barnsley with funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to develop resources for young people experiencing ill mental health.

This includes the groundbreaking Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit which launched in October 2017 and the Open Up Barnsley Directory or mental health services. This includes a guide to young people mental health friendly apps and websites. You can find the Open Up Barnsley Directory here.

Getting crafty with fundraising for Chilypep

Sarah Penn’s knitted tissue pockets raised £100 for Chilypep at the end of 2018

Happy new year from everyone at Chilypep! We want to kick off 2019 with some fantastic fundraising news. 


One of our  fantastic supporters has been getting creative with her fundraising for Chilypep and has made these sweet stitched tissue holders. 
After working her magic with her knitting needles Sarah Penn sold her adorable tissue holders and made an amazing £100 for Chilypep. 


Sarah said: “I got the idea to make the tissue pockets when I was thinking about ways to reduce the amount of plastic that I use. I always have a pack of tissues in my bag, but they are wrapped in plastic from a bigger plastic covered packet. I knit lots of socks and try to find ways to use the spare bits of  amazingly coloured yarn. Putting those two thoughts together seemed obvious, and I did some experimenting!”


Sarah sold the tissues at an event at the end of last year called Crafty Crawl which involves people in her community in York making craft items and selling them in their homes. 

Commenting on why Sarah chose to support Chilypep Sarah said:
“I wanted to support Chilypep particularly because life can be really difficult for children and young people, especially nowadays with so many pressures. I’ve heard about the way you work to help them develop a belief in themselves and skills which will benefit them throughout their lives. I think you also have greater impact because you help schools and other organisations to look at how they can listen to young people more effectively too.”

We love it when our friends and supporters get creative with their fundraising. If you want to find out how to fundraise, get involved or volunteer with us head to www.chilypep.org.uk/donate