With 36% of young people admitting to not feeling comfortable talking to their GP about their mental health, a new digital tool has launched to encourage more to do so.
Doc Ready is a digital app aimed at ensuring young people confidently take control of what happens when they meet with their doctor and to help them get the most out of their visit.
Fry, who suffers from bipolar disorder and campaigns to change the stigma surrounding mental health, commented ‘The support that Doc Ready gives young people is vital to help them become the healthy and confident adults that they deserve to be.
‘The teenage years are an important period to address mental health issues and Doc Ready is a great tool to help young people through a difficult time.’
Doc Ready is a set of digital tools that work across a number of devices, giving young people information about the important things they might need to think about before visiting their doctor, practical advice on what to expect from the appointment itself as well as guidance about what happens to personal information they share with the doctor.
The inventors hope that by using Doc Ready young people will have a better understanding of the consultation process, experience increased confidence in dealing with their GP, and make the most of the consultation process.
Project lead Denise Stephens said: “From conversations with young people, we’re finding that they want something to guide them through what to expect from a GP visit, which also helps them to prepare – particularly for visits to talk about their mental health and wellbeing.”
Doc Ready is a collaboration between FutureGov, Enabled by Design, Neontribe and Social Spider. The project funding of £47,000 has been given by the Innovation Labs Project, a partnership between Right Here (Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation), Comic Relief and Nominet Trust. For more information visit docready.org
While at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.
Fry’s acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his mental illness. He is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI.