A new app providing mental health support and resources for young people is to launch tomorrow.

Speak Out Barnet is an app created by Hendon School and Middlesex University students and will aim to offer support and advice to young people with mental health issues, as well as point them in the direction of Barnet services which can help them.

The app is partially funded by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, who donated £800 towards to running costs of the app.

Students from both establishments also attended a meeting of Barnet's clinical commissioning group (CCG) and negotiated for a commitment to fund mental health First Aid training for two staff in each secondary school and to co-design the young people's befriending service with the Barnet branch of Citizens UK, specifically looking at a staff training module and a mental health and wellbeing module.

Hendon School's head boy Sharmarke Dhaqane said: "We realised that young people are digital natives, but that the services online are not set up to reflect that.

"We had the choice of really formal NHS websites, or sites where young people give unlicensed and sometimes unsafe information – and we wanted to create an alternative that supports students in ways they’ll actually use."

The app was created after a year of consultation with young people, led by the young people spearheading the campaign.

Maria Kane, CEO of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Trust said: "We’ve been so impressed by Hendon students’ commitment and skill in working to improve mental health services in the borough."

The new app will launch tomorrow and the announcement has come during Hendon School's Stamp Out Stigma conference this week, which works to end the stigma around mental health.