Long waits for mental health services are a dangerous waste of time. A new venture, Lemonade, wants to step in when young people most need help – and its co-founders say they've been welcomed with open arms.
"Health is wellness, not absence of illness," says Gemma Self of healthcare consultancy Reimagine Health. Self is striving to get the NHS to take a more holistic view of patient care, with intervention before people become ill.
Frontline NHS services are overstretched; three quarters of the UK access the internet daily. The answer is obvious: take the heat off our NHS by offering services online. For those suffering mental health issues, life may just have got a little easier.