WE WILL BUILD A NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DUAL DIAGNOSIS
This facility will change the face of mental health care. A person with Dual Diagnoses requires a treatment programme that addresses both issues simultaneously.
The current system requires the sufferer to choose which issue is their “primary” issue, and treat that one first. This approach is proven to be counter productive, and only serves to compound the issue that isn’t being treated. The perfect system to treat DD patients is by having all services, professionals and resources in one facility. In order to facilitate a full and comprehensive rehabilitation, a BioPsychoSocial model needs to be applied, which enables a “whole life” approach to the illness.
Furthermore, the facility itself will not look like any “treatment” centre that you have seen before. Even the ‘new’ facilities that are being built are based on the centuries old vision of the sanitarium. Such pre-packaged notions immediately induce negative and inflammatory responses from those who are there to try and get better. We have teamed up with Architectonicus on this, themselves leading the way in transforming the care space for dementia sufferers. This project is set for 4-8 years from the launch event of the charity, obviously dependent on the level of fundraising that we achieve.
FUNDRAISING TARGET TO BUILD THE CENTRE 3% DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB BASED HELP APPLICATION 28%
THE ‘ONE-CLICK’ COUNSELLOR
The short-term project, and the one that I believe will be more beneficial to mass society, is our web-based application. This app is going to revolutionise the whole screening/signposting process, and will introduce the “One-Click Counsellor”, giving any person INSTANT access to professional, qualified talking therapy. It will be ground-breaking. The first version will be targeted towards sportsmen and women. It will be developed in consultation with elite athletes in order to identify the specific language, images and scenarios that resonate with them in their lives. With this information we can create a bespoke App for the industry that is relevant and impactful, with signposts to support networks that are specific to the user both demographically and geographically.
It will also give us a test sample of the number of counsellors needed to upscale the project and deliver to wider industries and, ultimately, the general population. We have joined with Attigo developers to create the app, and Dr Yasir Abbasi is the clinical lead, in consultation with Dr. Amal Beaini, both specialists in the field of Psychiatry and Dual Diagnosis. Phase 1 of this project is set for completion by 30th June, which will result in a beta version of the app ready to trial.