A new online tool featuring actor David Harewood has been launched to help stop people with mental health problems “reaching crisis stage”.
It uses artificial intelligence and voice recognition, so when a question is asked, video answers are given from world renowned consultants in their field.
The platform JAAQ.co.uk (Just Ask A Question) is free to use and offers immediate responses from mental health professionals and people living with conditions.
Meanwhile, Harewood answers questions about living with psychosis and talks openly about the condition, what it is like to be sectioned and how people can support someone living with it.
The site’s founder Danny Gray, who previously appeared on Dragon’s Den, also answers questions about body dysmorphia.
Mr Gray has lived with body dysmorphia for more than 20 years, and as a result founded make up brand War Paint for Men, which was backed on Dragons Den by Peter Jones and Tej Lalvani.
While the app is not a diagnostic tool, Mr Gray said he hoped that it would encourage people to seek support at an early stage.
“This is the first solution to provide information support to individuals and the people close to them from the very beginning of their journey; it is aimed at preventing them reaching that crisis stage,” he said.
“We’re really proud of this platform and hope it is able to offer vital information to some of the millions out there who are waiting for help or have questions to ask about a loved one.”