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TellMi | Young People’s Mental Health Support App

TellMi (formally MeeToo) is an award-winning early intervention mental health service. The service delivers fully moderated, evidence-based, anonymous, peer support to young people aged 11-25 years via an app.

The app allows young people to talk with others of a similar age and experience and provide each other with support, advice, empathy and a sense of belonging.

The TellMi directory provides immediate access to 24/7 crisis support services, as well as signposting to further advice, information and local support.

Over 55,000 young people aged 11-25 years use the TellMi app across the UK and it has been approved by the NHS. In 2021, Staffordshire County Council commissioned TellMi to run a pilot to understand whether the TellMi service would be an effective early intervention to improve the mental health of young people in Staffordshire. The TellMi Service was made available to young people within sixteen partner schools across Staffordshire, including six Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and EOTAS (Education Other Than At School) students, with a total reach of 9,859 people.

The pilot ran from November 2021 until October 2022. A range of schools across the county were invited to participate in the pilot. As part of the pilot, they had access to the three core components of the service:

  • Engagement activities through schools and the wider community to raise awareness of the TellMi app and encourage usage.
  • The pre-moderated, anonymous peer support app.
  • Insight reporting to increase understanding of mental health issues.

Results from the pilot study found that of the 587 users studied:

  • 41% felt less anxious since they started using TellMi
  • 17% felt less depressed
  • 31% reported less self-harming
  • 22% felt less suicidal, all since they started using the app.

Although the Staffordshire pilot has now finished, the app can still be downloaded for FREE from Google Play and Apple App Store.

Case studies shared by TellMi provide real-life examples of where using the app has supported young people in Staffordshire around issues such as bullying, self-harm, exam-stress and gender identity. They also provide an insight into how young people who have received support go on to offer support to others. For more information about TellMi, and to download the app, please visit the TellMi website: https://www.tellmi.help/