About the Webinar:


E-mental health (eMH) practices are often focused on the question of what’s possible? but not necessarily the vital question of what’s responsible?


Without responsible e-mental health practices, the dawning era of online mental health care could be undermined. One risk is ‘techno-solutionism’ in which technological solutions are promoted as a quick and easy but ultimately misguided way to solve complex real-life problems.


Potential harms include over-promising and under-delivering, decreased privacy, and the leveraging of private information against people’s interests. These harms risk undermining public confidence in eMental Health and undermining the trust of service users and mental health professionals.


This webinar will bring responsible e-mental health practices to the forefront. Hear experts from around the world, including lived experience expertise, discuss what responsible digital and online mental health and crisis support initiatives mean to them.


The webinar will also see the launch of the eMHIC Position Statement on ethics and law, which was developed throughout 2020.


The purpose of the Statement is to (1) recognize the important role eMHIC can play in articulating the ethical and legal issues raised by e-mental health practices and (2) to support action to ensure such practices are guided by ethical principles, professional codes of conduct, and established norms of law.



Expert international speakers:


  • Australia – Dr Piers Gooding, Australian Research Council Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Australia – Mary O’Hagan, Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria
  • New Zealand – Richman Wee, Academic Research Manager at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
  • USA – Dr Pat Deegan, Founder, Pat Deegan & Associates
  • Norway – Lene Søvold, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Advisor & Researcher, Norway