International Developments

988 is a new number in the United States focused on providing lifesaving suicide prevention and crisis services, established to address longstanding concerns in mental health care. This article explores the difference between 988 and existing services.
Tama Leaver, Curtin University and Rachel Berryman, Curtin University   Earlier this month, Meta announced it is working on a set of ethical guidelines for “virtual influencers” – animated, typically computer-generated, characters designed to attract attention on social media.  …
A policy brief from the World Health Organization offers strategies for combating ageism and bias in machine learning technologies. The brief, "Ageism in artificial intelligence for health," proposes a wide range of measures to ensure older people are effectively engaged in the processes, technologies and services affecting them.  
Digital transformations are well underway in all areas of life. These have brought about substantial and wide-reaching changes, in many areas, including health. But large gaps remain in our understanding of the interface between digital technologies and health, particularly for young people.
Australia continues to rapidly integrate telehealth as an accepted and much desired element of health care delivery, in particular within the mental health space. Recent activity by the Federal Government has signalled continued growth in this area. Notably, the House Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has now released its final report into this critical and complex issue (the Report). In addition to the Report, the Australian Federal Government has also recently commenced a period of consultation on its Primary Health Care Plan 10 Year Plan, noting the acceleration of telehealth’s role in the usual course of health care in Australia.
This draft position statement was drafted by the Special Interest Group on Law and Ethics for eMHIC for presentation at the eMHIC Congress in November 2021. The purpose of this draft statement is to (1) recognise the important role eMHIC……
Now more than ever, the global mental health community must look to innovative solutions to curtail the ‘second epidemic’ of mental ill-health sweeping the world. The huge variety of solutions has created a new problem – how can one ensure……
Like it or not, young people use social media all the time to talk about suicide-related thoughts, feelings and behaviours, says creator of #chatsafe, Orygen’s Head of Suicide Prevention Research, Associate Professor Jo Robinson.   “It’s really challenging, because although……
  November marked the launch of the first assessment framework for the rapidly growing number of e-mental health and addiction tools available and in development in Aotearoa New Zealand.   Commissioned by the Ministry of Health and developed by the……
Waze announced today it’s partnering with meditation app Headspace to roll out a new “Drive with Headspace” experience aimed at making commutes less stressful. The navigation app maker says the new integration is meant to help drivers learn how to “find more……

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