Key Messages: Background “The therapeutic alliance is crucial for the success of face-to-face therapies. Little is known about how coaching functions and fosters the therapeutic alliance in asynchronous treatment modalities such as smartphone apps.” The study…
Digital mental health
Factors Associated with Treatment Uptake, Completion, and Subsequent Symptom Improvement in a National Digital Mental Health Service
Factors Influencing Uptake of Digital Mental Health Services (DMHS) “Digital mental health services (DMHS) have proven effectiveness and play an important role within the broader mental health system by reducing barriers to evidence-based care. However, improved understanding of the…
Digital Tools and SolutionsLatest Research
A Comparison of Self-Referral and Referral via Primary Care Providers, through Two Similar Digital Mental Health Services in Western Australia
Key Points: “In Australia, the role of primary care in the provision of mental health services is well-recognized as is the utility of integrating DMHSs into primary care frameworks. The Australian Government has funded and encouraged the uptake of…
Digital Tools and SolutionsLatest Research
Considerations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mental Health Apps: A Scoping Review of Evaluation Frameworks
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) “Mental health applications or apps are a promising approach to reduce the pervasive unmet mental health need observed among marginalized groups. However, these groups face unique challenges to engage in and benefit from these…
FrameworksLatest ResearchPolicy and Strategy
How patients’ experiences with mental health services are approached and evaluated varies both within research and within clinical practice. In some cases such evaluations are prioritized. In other cases such an approach is non-existent or fragmented. So how can we better…
Digital Tools and SolutionsGeneral WellbeingStress
Yoga, meditation, jogging… there are many ways to address conditions such as stress, but some mental health professionals are turning to online gaming to help patients cope.
Blending traditional talk therapy with gaming can help encourage patients with mental health conditions to open up and engage more fully with their treatment.
Media ReleasesMindfulnessNewsSpecial Interest Groups
Headspace Health, the provider of the world’s most accessible, comprehensive digital mental health platform, today announced the acquisition of Sayana, an AI-driven mental health and wellness company. Sayana will expand Headspace Health’s ability to provide personalized self-care content to its growing global member base.
Digital Tools and SolutionsMedia ReleasesNewsSuicide PreventionYouth Wellbeing
Read the original article by Orygen here. A guide to how parents and carers can help young people communicate safely online about suicide is now available in 11 languages. The #chatsafe for parents and carers guide recognises that many young…
Ethics and LawGuidelines/ StandardsPolicy and StrategyPolicy and StrategySpecial Interest Groups
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Releases “National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards – Guide for Service Providers”
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.
Guidelines/ StandardsLatest ResearchPolicy and StrategyPopulation Health
Digital Mental Health Platforms, an Excerpt From ‘Designing and Scaling up Integrated Youth Mental Health Care’
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.