Childhood Anxiety & Digital Interventions

Speakers: Rachel Ricketts (University of Manchester) & Manjul Rathee (BfB Labs)

Thursday 7th November 2019, 12-1pm

Seminar Room 2, The Curve, Prestwich Hospital

Rachel Ricketts

Rachel recently graduated with a Masters degree in Health and Social Care having studied as a mature student. Her research focussed on parents’ experiences of parenting a child with anxiety. How do parents walk this line between being impacted by the difficulties but also impacting on the child’s anxiety? Influenced by a decade of personal experience, Rachel feels strongly about giving parents a voice. Prior to her studies, she worked for 20 years in web and app development, having graduated with her first Masters degree on the theme of educational gaming. She is a volunteer for Healthwatch Manchester, an independent consumer champion set up to ensure the public voice is heard by those who commission, design and deliver health and social care services. Outside of work you might find Rachel singing on stage or practising some [very amateur] boxing moves.

Champions of the Shengha (BfB Labs)

Manjul Rathee (Co-Lead, BfB Labs)

Manjul is an award-winning social entrepreneur and service designer, specialising in innovating services for social impact. As the Co-Lead at BFB Labs, Manjul has been at the helm of some ground-breaking work developing immersive games to tackle mental health issues in children. She’s also the co-founder of Eye Heroes, a UK-wide initiative to fight avoidable sight loss.

Almost half a million children and young people aged 7-12 years face difficulties with anxiety, but up to 70% of these do not access treatment. Referrals to child mental health services have increased 26% in the last 5 years, but waiting lists for treatment can be up to 18 months long, and 1 in 4 referrals are refused. When young people do access treatment, up to 47% don’t complete their course of therapy.

In this presentation, Manjul will share how they are developing an evidence based digital intervention to provide support to young people facing difficulties with anxiety.

BfB Labs develops and delivers highly engaging, clinically evidenced, cost effective digital interventions that provide timely support to young people. | @BfB_Labs 

If you would like further info about this event, please email Heena Mistry