SMILE is the first mental health app to support people dealing with long-term physical health conditions. It provides clinician led, evidence based psychoeducation and coping strategies, delivered in bitesize video, audio and written content that people can access at home, when they need it most.
People dealing with long-term health conditions are up to three times more likely to develop anxiety or depression than average. Research shows early mental health intervention can improve adherance to treatment, clinical outcomes, long term cost, and quality of life for patients and carers. Yet 96% people are offered no mental health support after diagnosis, despite 89% struggling with anxiety and low mood.
Digital health platforms are an affordable, accessible tool that can break down barriers to access, but there is not a mental health app tailored to the complex needs of this community and their carers. SMILE is here to change that.