Our Story

Thalamos was founded by cousins Arden and Ross in 2018.

When a close friend of Arden’s was sectioned under the Mental Health Act (MHA), he couldn’t believe that an emergency care pathway was managed by moving around paper forms. He was further shocked that his friend’s access to treatment would be delayed while he waited for a set of forms to be circulated and eventually ‘signed off’.

Thinking there must be a kinder, and more efficient, way of assessing and treating an individual in crisis, Arden and Ross decided to investigate the possibilities of a digital solution.

About The Mental Health Act

The MHA 1983 is the main piece of legislation covering assessment, treatment and, most importantly, the rights of people with a mental health disorder. 

The MHA is somewhat outdated and it is also very complex. A single crisis pathway might involve ten individuals from five different institutions, all needing to communicate and interoperate around a person in crisis.

MHA pathways

There is wide acknowledgement that we need to bring mental healthcare towards parity with physical healthcare.

What’s wrong with a paper system?

Operating a paper system in an increasingly digital world leads to a number of challenges, particularly around the speed and accuracy of communication and administration. A reliance on paper forms exposes both clinicians and patients to risk. It is increasingly accepted that a paper approach to the MHA is: 

  • Slow: Physical forms must be physically delivered or posted. 
  • Complicated: More than 50% of forms need amending once submitted. 
  • Unsafe: Almost 500 deaths of detained patients in just 1 year (1 March 2020 – 5 March 2021).

Thalamos hopes to aims to improve Mental Health Act outcomes for individuals; enabling an end-to-end acute care pathway which is swifter, simpler and safer.

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