Mental health app to treat depression added to ORCHA App Library

A free mental health app, Flow, has been added to the ORCHA App Library to support the treatment of depression.

NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals are now recommending the app which has already been downloaded over 10,000 times.

The app aims to reduce symptoms of depression, and uses evidence-based psychology and neuroscience research to help patients understand, treat and prevent depression.

It achieved a 72% rating at ORCHA, the health app evaluation and distribution organisation, which supports the national NHS Digital programme.

Liz Ashall-Payne, Founding CEO, ORCHA, said “Trust is the biggest barrier when it comes to health app use and uptake, so reviewing and knowing which are the best is critical.”

“Their health and care professionals can now refer patients directly to Flow. All apps listed, including Flow, have been evaluated across more than 260 parameters, including Clinical Assurance, Data Privacy and User Experience.”

Daniel Mansson, Co-founder and CEO added “As a clinical psychologist, I saw how mental health services were overwhelmed by soaring demand, which left patients facing long delays to access care. Psychologists cannot serve everyone, but apps can, so we decided to create one that complements the standard care model for depression and offers healthcare professionals a scalable treatment that is effective, certified and free.”

Using the app, patients are guided by a virtual therapist who offers personalised behavioural therapy, mood tracking and curated videos across areas proven to reduce symptoms of depression, including nutrition, exercise and sleep.

The app also works alongside a brain stimulation headset shown to further support patients.