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NICE has, for the first time, recommended a digital therapeutic to treat insomnia. The app Sleepio was developed by digital therapeutics company Big Health, and is a self-help tool which draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles.
This paper highlights the opportunity to increase the relevance of digital mental health technology to users by incorporating recommender systems that suggest personalised content based on an individual’s data exhaust.
"Software apps for health and wellness are proliferating rapidly. Policy makers, health-care providers, and consumers can benefit from assessment and standard-isation of these apps, to support decision making in a rapidly developing field. Recognising this unmet need, the International Organization…
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have recently released a comprehensive guide for service providers, accompanying their 2020 release of the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards. This Guide explains each action discussed in the NSQDMH Standards in step-by-step detail, as well as their intention behind each action. The guide for service providers includes key tasks to help service providers meet the actions, together with examples of evidence a service can use to show how they are implementing the Standards. The Guide also features reflective questions to help services evaluate how they are currently meeting the Standards and lists useful resources for further information and support.
With us being in the midst of a youth mental health crisis, some are questioning whether the current frameworks around youth mental health care are sufficient to support the needs of young people. The authors of this article aimed to provide an overview of the current landscape regarding youth mental health care, with an emphasis on how these care services can be integrated and scaled to meet the needs of youth.
In this presentation, Sapna Mahajan (Director, Genomics in Society, Genome Canada) outlines the importance of maintaining and supporting mental health, overcoming stigma, and ensuring psychological safety in the workplace.
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.
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……
In this presentation, Cameron Fox (Health Technologies Lead, World Economic Forum) discusses the development of a global governance for digital mental health. His project "Disruptive Technologies in Mental Health" is a joint initiative by the World Economic Forum and Deloitte.

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