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XenZone Appoints Sir Norman Lamb MP as Chair of New Advisory Board

Sir Norman Lamb MP, former health minister, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, will support the appointment of an advisory board tasked with keeping XenZone – the UK’s largest provider of NHS commissioned mental health services – at the forefront of innovation of digital mental health. […]

XenZone Launches ‘The Thought Report’ to Share Latest Mental Health Thinking

New Site Sees XenZone Enter Brand Publishing Space XenZone, digital mental health pioneer, has today launched a new editorial platform – The Thought Report – which is set to publish the latest in mental health insight, incorporating its own expertise and contributions from respected external professionals. The new site will launch with an Essential Guide […]

How a Surrey School is Supporting Students’ Mental Health

We spoke to Anna Hutchings, head of PHSE at Gordon’s School in Surrey, about student mental health and wellbeing – and the role the school sees for digital support services like Kooth. What mental health support do you have in place for students at Gordon’s School? This year we’ve bought in a designated school mentor. […]

Emotional Education: The Role of Schools in Promoting Student Wellbeing

Why learning about emotions is as important as academic attainment

Body Image: How to Focus on the Positives

It’s tough to persuade a 14-year old that there is no such thing as a perfect body and that not everyone is happy with their physical appearance. Especially when they’re surrounded by wall-to-wall body perfection on Instagram. As activist Natasha Devon wrote, “Young people are now utterly desensitised to the sight of photoshopped and filtered […]

How to Help Keep Young People Alive to the Risks of Online Exploitation

An interview with Anne-Marie Yates, Learning and Development Lead in XenZone’s Clinical Team Is social media – or being online – risky for young people? Social media and gaming is a huge part of children’s and young people’s lives – and of course adult’s lives too. It can be a great space to meet friends, […]

Creating a Safeguarded and Supported Online Experience

“Thank you for welcoming me back, actually I was really touched by the amount of people who wanted to make sure I was ok. It’s a brilliant community here” Young person on Kooth In 2018, the Kooth team spent more than 4,000 hours in schools and the community across England and Wales encouraging young people […]

Young People Deserve the Right Support for Eating Disorders

XenZone’s clinical director Dr Lynne Green, a consultant clinical psychologist, describes some of the issues associated with eating disorders and looks to digital as a way of giving young people with eating disorders greater personalisation, access and control over their treatment as part of an integrated care pathway. Counterintuitive though it may sound, eating disorders […]

Mental Health: to have choice, we need real options

There is no doubt that extending the right of choice when it comes to mental health is an important step towards parity of esteem with physical health. Involving people as much as possible in decision-making to find the way of working that’s most helpful to them is critical. For many people accessing mental health services, […]

The Digital Path to Prevention: Highlights from the NHS Long Term Plan

The flurry of news reports in response to last week’s release of the NHS Long-Term Plan has all but died down. As we sift through the text of a wide-ranging strategy, we’ve been considering the direction of travel for an organisation older than most of us and about to enter a new digital future. Some […]

XenZone Gathers Expert Views on Therapeutic Choice, Warning Against ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach

XenZone, pioneers in digital mental health, today launches “A Thousand Ways to Therapy”, a new campaign advocating therapeutic choice, presenting views from leading experts on the importance of choice and highlighting the risk of a ‘one size fits all’ approach to mental health. The campaign seeks to gather a range of perspectives on choice while […]

A Thousand Ways to Therapy

Therapy is constantly evolving. It has blossomed far beyond the four walls of a psychotherapy consulting room, embracing new ways to access support, new approaches, and developing new strands of integrative therapeutic interventions. With this array of therapies delivered in person, over the phone, online or via email, surely there’s a high chance of finding […]