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Mental health support

24 July 2015

BIg White Wall

An eighteen month pilot scheme that provides online support to people in Derbyshire suffering from common mental health problems, such as work related stress, anxiety and relationship difficulties, has been launched by NHS Hardwick CCG and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

Big White Wall

Online support will be provided through Big White Wall, which has already helped more than 30,000 people, including thousands from the UK armed forces community, and is also supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and Help for Heroes.


Online Support

Big White Wall offers free, safe anonymous online support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your own home. There is a choice of safe therapeutic services, including self-help courses, also accessible online.
Big White Wall is available to all Derbyshire residents aged over 16. People should visit


and enter their Derbyshire postcode to access the service. 95% of members report feeling better as a result of using Big White Wall, and 73% share something for the first time.



How it works:

“We are delighted to be piloting this innovative service,” says Dr Steve Lloyd, our Chair. “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and they have told us that they would benefit from online support. One in four people in Derbyshire will experience anxiety, depression or other common mental health problems during their lives. We also know that talking about mental health issues can be difficult. Big White Wall offers people the benefit of being able to access safe, anonymous support to share what’s troubling them, whenever they need it. Through support from their peers, self-help courses and group programmes, members are encouraged to find ways to better manage their daily lives.”


Beneficial service

“Rachel Munton, Managing Director from the EMAHSN said; “The East Midlands AHSN is delighted to be supporting this innovative service which has already proven beneficial to people who have used it in other parts of the country. We are very much looking forward to working with NHS Hardwick CCG, Big White Wall Ltd and NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) on the evaluation of the service and to enable the introduction of similar mental health support services across the whole of the East Midlands”.

The service is funded by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. This is the first time that an online mental health service has been trialled in the East Midlands and the scheme will be evaluated by NIHR MindTech HTC.

Blue Sky Derby

Rethink are part of a new project with Derby City Council called ‘Blue Sky Derby’.

Blue Sky Derby is a range of courses specifically designed to support anyone who is currently experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or mental health difficulty.

The aim of the courses is to improve mental wellbeing and reduce anxiety and stress.

Courses have been designed by qualified and experienced tutors and mental health professionals and are delivered in a safe and friendly environment.

Please see the attached for more information on the courses.

Blue Sky Derby course information


All courses are free to anyone currently experiencing mental health difficulties.


More info about Blue Sky Derby

For more information, or to enrol on this course, contact
Derby Adult Learning Service
Learner Helpline 01332 717900

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