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Welcome to Healthlocker

What is Healthlocker?

Healthlocker is a secure platform powered by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (the trust) that promotes supported self-management and opportunities to improve communication between service users, carers and clinicians.

It is currently in development, more features and improvements will be added in the coming months.


Who is Healthlocker for?

Anyone can sign up to Healthlocker to explore wellbeing tips and recovery stories and create goals and coping strategies. If you need help or support using Healthlocker, please email


If you are a service user at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, you can choose to connect your Healthlocker account with your health record and care team. This will enable you to send and receive messages with your care team, share tracking, goals and coping strategies with them. Watch a YouTube video that shows you how to use each feature.


If you are a close family member, friend or carer of a service user at the trust, you can connect with their care team and let the team know how the person you support is doing.


If you are staff at the trust, you can access Healthlocker via the icon in the top panel in ePJS. You can send and receive messages with service users and their carers and view updates that your caseload has chosen to share with you. As staff, if you need help or support using Healthlocker, please contact the trust service desk. Watch a YouTube video that shows you how to use each feature.

Healthlocker is powered by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, if you are interested in using Healthlocker in your trust or organisation, contact:


Why Healthlocker?

Healthlocker aims to demonstrate how personalised health records (PHRs) could enhance NHS service delivery and support people to stay well.


How does it work / what next?

Healthlocker is built using agile development processes which enable iteration through user-centred build, test and learn cycles.

Healthlocker integrates with the trust's clinical record system (ePJS).

The platform is being built open source and in a modular way that allows for future integrations, features and partnerships. Development of Healthlocker so far has been funded by Maudsley Charity.

Healthlocker will continue to grow and develop. If you are interested in using Healthlocker in your trust or organisation or have ideas for how to add to the platform, contact:

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Wellbeing Tips

Small improvements in our wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help us to get more out of life.

These 5 ways to wellbeing are proven to improve personal wellbeing. Read the full document.

#Connect with the people around us. Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and more secure, and give us a greater sense of purpose.

Who might you want to connect more with?

If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.

We all get tired sometimes or overwhelmed by how we feel, or sometimes things don’t go to plan.

#tips #connect

#BeActive There’s an activity out there for all of us, suited to our level of fitness and mobility. Being active is great for our physical health and fitness, and also improves our mental wellbeing. Evidence shows moods can improve after just 10 minutes of exercise. Even just walking more every day can make a big difference.

How might you get more active in your daily life?

Today, how about walking a bit more that you usually would.

Evidence shows moods can improve after 10 minutes of exercise.

#tips #beactive

#KeepLearning Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help us connect with others. Research shows that learning throughout life is associated with greater satisfaction and optimism, and improved ability to get the most from life.

What might you want to learn more about?

SLEEP TIP - Do some gentle stretching or progressive muscle relaxation

This will encourage your whole body to relax and help you sleep -

#tips #keeplearning

#GiveToOthers Doing even little things for others can give us a sense of purpose and self-worth. It can make us feel happier and more satisfied with life. Being kind to others can stimulate the reward areas in our brain, creating positive feelings. Even doing something small for someone else can give us a buzz.

How might you do something kind for someone today?

You could find opportunities to volunteer.

Small acts of kindness towards other people can make you feel happier and more fulfilled.

#tips #givetoothers

#TakeNotice Being in the moment, including just being aware of our thoughts, feelings, body and the world around us, can help us appreciate the little things, understand ourselves more and get the most out of being alive.

When in your day can you stop to notice what’s happening with you and around you?

Where possible try to remove distractions from your bedroom.

It is better to watch TV, play computer games and eat in another room. This will allow you to relax with no distractions in your bedroom.

#tips #takenotice

Skin picking - using dance to help turn my illness on its head

Liz developed a destructive habit from the age of eight years old. She would obsessively pick at her skin, sometimes until she bled. She now knows she was suffering – mostly in silence – from a condition called Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP), which blighted her life for more than 20 years.

She is now 36 years old, a successful artist, “in recovery” from her illness and bravely speaking out in an attempt to help others with the condition.

People with CSP find comfort, pleasure or emotional release from endlessly picking at their skin but this can often lead to bleeding, scarring and physical deformities, as well as emotional and mental issues.

Liz said: “Skin picking was, for me, a way to release tension but it became a vicious cycle that totally dominated my life. It also developed into something I did subconsciously so altogether there were hours and hours of a day where I would be picking my skin.

“Some nights I would pick until the early hours of the morning. Many times it would be in the bathroom because this was a private space. No one knew about it. I masked and covered the illness from those closest to me. One of the key issues I struggled with the most was the isolation caused by the shame I felt. I really did suffer in silence for a very long time.”

It’s estimated that 1 in every 500 people in the UK suffer from this disorder, also known as Dermatillomania.

As with all disorders in the OCD spectrum, most people develop CSP in their teens or early 20’s. It may start as a frequently carried out and unconscious habit which develops into uncontrollable picking. The illness can impact on every part of a person’s life and they can struggle with relationships, home-life and work but can invariably appear as though they are functioning and leading a “normal life”.

There is no known cause for the condition but many can develop habits during and after periods of anxiety or stress.

Liz is now a successful artist and manager at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and attributes some of her work as helping her “turn her illness on its head”.

“For me the body is fascinating,” Liz said. “I slowly turned my illness into something else – through dance I was able to express things the body was capable of but turn it into something positive. It gave me a new visual language and a way to recover.

“I got to a point where I didn’t want this illness controlling me anymore. There were just perpetual cycles of shame, embarrassment and anxiety and I had no choice really but to try and help myself because it was destroying me.

“Skin picking didn’t just happen when I was anxious or stressed, it also happened when I was bored or tired. It dominated my life. I developed an understanding of the body through dance and have developed an artistic practice which has helped me to be in a place where I now have some degree of control over my condition. ”

Liz is now bravely speaking about her condition in an attempt to destigmatise and help others with this isolating condition who may feel they have nowhere to turn. She has recently exhibited a range of her work in a solo show at Bethlem Gallery, part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) entitled My Singular Fascination.

The exhibition was launched to coincide with OCD Week, an initiative run by OCD Action to raise awareness and to dispel the myths of the condition. She also appeared on BBC Radio Woman’s Hour to talk about the condition.

Simon Darnley is a Principal Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Head of the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit. He said: “CSP only affects a small percentage of the population but it is a really serious condition.

“Sufferers can spend a long time picking their skin because they have such a low self-esteem but then they leave marks and scars so they spend a lot of time covering the marks up with make up and clothes. It is really self-perpetuating and debilitating. Liz is really brave to speak up about this because it is important that people realise they are not alone in dealing with this condition.”

By Liz

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