Covid-19 and Young People’s Wellbeing

Online Digital Meetings

Are you aged between 13-25 years? Want to know more about what is happening across Greater Manchester for Children and Young People’s mental health and wellbeing in response to COVID-19?

Join us every Wednesday 4-5pm via Zoom online meeting:

Next one: Wednesday 1st April 2020 4-5pm

Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 510 688 563


Dr Cara Afzal: Senior Programme Development Lead

Health Innovation Manchester (HInM)

Cara is passionate about transforming healthcare using data & digital. Cara is leading on Covid and mental health for Health Innovation Manchester and will be talking to us about the new developments to support young people.   

Alan Ford: Greater Manchester Children and Young People’s Mental Health Commissioning Lead, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership.

Al will be speaking about wider developments across Greater Manchester to help with children and young people’s emotional wellbeing throughout this pandemic. Al will be able to provide an overview of GM’s response and helpful resources.

Lauren Barclay, Youth Mental Health Matters

Lauren is the Founder of this mental health charity and sits on many boards across Greater Manchester giving a youth voice in Mental Health services. She is also a Young Advisor for Young Minds. Lauren will be sharing her top tips on how to keep well during Covid-19 and answer any questions other young people may have.

Covid-19. Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for Children and Young People.

A guide to supporting young people’s mental health:

A guide to self-care written by young people:

Helpful advice for parents and carer about supporting young people’s mental health:

A guide to what’s happening and what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried:

A toolkit of resources for teachers, parents and carers:

This guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, how to stay safe and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Help if you are feeling anxious:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

2019 has been a busy year for CAMHS.Digital! We launched our Seminar Series, started our first digital research project in 2 schools in Greater Manchester (MANC Project) and have formed our amazing Children & Young Person’s Digital Advisory Group!

We have finished receiving feedback from young people on the mSoothebox app, and plan to take this further in 2020. We also learned more about what young people thought about sharing their mental health data for research by running Citizen Jury Workshops at various youth groups, schools & colleges across Greater Manchester.

CAMHS.Digital would like to say a big thank you to all the children & young people, parents and teachers, youth group/service leaders who have got involved in our work…we couldn’t have done it without you!

From everyone at CAMHS.Digital, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

mSoothebox project update!

During the last 12 months, CAMHS.Digital & Sparta Digital have worked with children & young people to co-design a self-harm self-management mobile app . We have held several workshops at the University of Manchester and youth groups & colleges across Greater Manchester. We have been able to use the innovative ideas the groups have come up with to design a prototype of the Augmented Reality app! More recent workshops have focused on getting valuable feedback on this design, and we plan to take these comments on board to make improvements and take this project further ( …so watch this space!)

Over 50 young people were involved in this project- a huge thank you to everyone who attended the workshops! We won’t be running any more workshops on this particular project, but will be organizing more CYP Advisory Group workshops in 2020! For more information please email us at or fill in this form.

The CAMHS.Digital team had the opportunity to present the mSoothebox project at the NIHR MindTech Symposium in London on 5th December 2019.

Volunteer as a ‘Citizen Researcher’

CAMHS.Digital are excited to offer children and young people (13-25 yrs) the chance to get involved in our work and join us as Citizen Researchers!

Workshops will run every 4-6 weeks at the University of Manchester (Travel expenses will be reimbursed). The workshops will involve discussions around developing new digital health innovations (e.g. mobile phone apps, virtual reality, etc), mental health and data sharing. You do not have to attend every single session to be part of the group.

Being part of the Children and Young People’s Digital Research Advisory Group you can:

– Work with academic & NHS researchers and develop new research skills

– Become part of a group of ‘experts’ in digital mental health

– Get to experience state-of-the-art technology

– Meet new people

– Improve the mental health of others- now and for the future

– Have something unique to put on your CV / university applications

Our first workshop will be on WEDNESDAY 23rd OCTOBER at 4.30-5.30pm

Vaughan House (Health eResearch Centre), University of Manchester,

Portsmouth Street,


M13 9GB

For more information please email us at or fill in this form.

mSootheBox project extended- update from Workshop 4

This week we joined the Health Action Champions group at the Greater Manchester Youth Network to run a mSootheBox workshop. We presented the aims of the projects and talked about some of the ideas from our previous workshops. The group had a go on the prototype and gave valuable feedback on what they liked about the design and what could be done to improve it.

We will continue working on the mSootheBox app project until November 2019! This means you still have time to check out the first prototype of the app and give us your opinions on it. Future workshops will be announced shortly and everyone who takes part will receive a £20 shopping voucher as a thank you!

If you are aged 16-25 and would like to get involved, please email us at or fill in this form.

mSootheBox – An update from Workshop 3!

Yesterday, we held the third workshop to design mSootheBox – our new Augmented Reality (AR) app based on the use of safe distraction techniques, which is aiming to help young people who self-harm. Oldham Youth Council kindly invited CAMHS.Digital and Sparta Digital to run the workshop at their local centre.

Firstly, we reminded the group of the aims of the project and what had been discussed in the first 2 workshops.

Sparta Digital were able to use a lot of the ideas from the previous workshops and build it into a single app! They presented the first wire frame of the mSoothebox app to the group.

Following the presentation by Sparta Digital, we had a Q&A session. There were some really constructive ideas and conversations about the colour, AR features and ways to make the app suitable for different ages. The group also came up with even more innovative ideas that could be added to the mSootheBox app!

In our final workshop on we will be asking for more people to share their views – Thursday 25th July at 12.30-1.30pm, University of Manchester.

If you are aged 16-25 and would like to get involved, please email us at or fill in this form.