Mental Health Question Time is a series of regular free to attend public discussions that take place in London. The aim is to bring together patients, service users, carers, health and social care professionals, researchers, policy makers, commissioners, politicians, journalists and others, to talk about important mental health topics. The organisers hope that the public discussions are accessible to everyone who wants to join in, whether that’s in person or by watching the live video stream and joining the conversation on Twitter at #MHQT.
Mental Health Question Time is a partnership between the UCL Division of Psychiatry, The Lancet Psychiatry and the National Elf Service.
On Wednesday 15th March 2017 there was a #MHQT event titled: Digital mental health: Waiting for the great leap forwards. This public discussion brought together an impressive expert panel to consider these questions:
How do we reach the future of digital mental health, and what will it look like?
What are the barriers in the UK health service to implementing effective digital mental health?
What are the bridges to more effective digital innovation and implementation?
How can we make sure that mental health apps are safe and effective?
How should research designs adapt to better measure the efficacy and safety of digital interventions?
We saw a huge social reach at the #PDDigital16 festival in Leeds where we had >16 million impressions in less than 24 hours and facilitated discussion between over 400 people at the event, even though there were only about 100 in the room. The conference reach continued to grow in the days after the event, with over 700 people participating by the end of the week.
Our combined team input was significant, with over half of the Twitter activity from Mark, Vanessa and André, as well as popular features including live streaming of the festival debate, filming of the talks for later use, and live podcasting of informal conversations with participants to capture ideas as they arose.
People Drive Digital values
Good ideas can come from anywhere
Small is beautiful
There is more than one way to do everything
Having fun matters
Everyone can participate
In being connected – outside in and inside out
The process matters as much as the outcome
Learning is an important matter and we should learn through doing
Generosity is a fundamental way of being
In celebrating different approaches
In the principles of the maker community (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture)
In co-design and co-production
The value of the sharing economy – sharing treasure increases value
The value of diversity of people, backgrounds, approaches and opinions
The fourth annual NIHR MindTech conference brought together researchers, clinicians, patients, developers and policy makers with an interest in mental health and digital technologies. We amplified the conversation massively with 80% of the overall 16 million Twitter impressions coming from our team.
The live podcasting worked particularly well at this event, as we were able to ask the conference speakers questions raised on social media, and quickly share their responses for people to listen to. Really effective #BeyondTheRoom communication and a great way to democratise the discussion.
I was very impressed by the Mental Elf’s beyond the room service that you used by the way – I thought that added a whole different dimension to the event.