TRANSFORMING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Grant number: 1177235 | Funding period: 2020 - 2025
Mental illness will afflict 1 in 4 young people by the age of 25, making it the greatest cause of disability in young people worldwide. Early intervention is the most evidence-based approach to improve the long-term outcomes of mental disorders. However, youth mental health services have major shortcomings that reduce their impact. The aim of this program of research is to evaluate digital interventions that dovetail with youth mental health services and enhance their long-term impact.
Related publications (18)
The impact of persistent social anxiety on social functioning and health-related quality of life in young people with remitted first-episode psychosis
Cesar Gonzalez-Blanch, John F Gleeson, Carla McEnery, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Rosa Ayesa-Arriola, Simon D'Alfonso, Lee Valentine, Hailey Tremain, Imogen Bell, Sarah Bendall, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
OBJECTIVE: Comorbid social anxiety is common in psychotic disorders and is associated with multiple negative consequences. However..
Psychometric properties of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) in a first-episode psychosis sample.
César González-Blanch, Leonardo A Medrano, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Imogen Bell, Jennifer Nicholas, Richard Chambers, John F Gleeson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
Despite the considerable growth in mindfulness-based research in the field of psychosis, few attempts have been made to validate m..
Online interventions for cannabis use among adolescents and young adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis
Anna Beneria, Olga Santesteban-Echarri, Constanza Daigre, Hailey Tremain, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Patrick D McGorry, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: Young people present high rates of cannabis use, abuse, and dependence. The United Nations estimates that roughly 3.8%..
Young people's experience of online therapy for first-episode psychosis: A qualitative study
Lee Valentine, Carla McEnery, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Simon D'Alfonso, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to understand how young people with first-episode psychosis experienced online therapy on a Moderated..
The Horyzons project: a randomized controlled trial of a novel online social therapy to maintain treatment effects from specialist first-episode psychosis services
Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Peter Koval, Lianne Schmaal, Sarah Bendall, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Daniela Cagliarini, Simon D'Alfonso, Simon Rice, Lee Valentine, David L Penn, Chris Miles, Penni Russon, Jessica Phillips, Carla McEnery, Reeva Lederman, Eoin Killackey, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Cesar Gonzalez-Blanch, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Shalini Lal
This study aimed to determine whether, following two years of specialized support for first-episode psychosis, the addition of a n..
Moderated Online Social Therapy for Young People With Active Suicidal Ideation: Qualitative Study
Eleanor Bailey, Jo Robinson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Maja Nedeljkovic, Lee Valentine, Sarah Bendall, Simon D'Alfonso, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Ben McKechnie, Simon Rice
BACKGROUND: Web-based interventions are a promising approach to support youth at risk of suicide, and those incorporating peer-to-..
The youth online training and employment system: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of an online vocational intervention for young people with mental ill health
Magenta B Simmons, Jennifer Nicholas, Gina Chinnery, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Simon D'Alfonso, Sarah Bendall, Daniela Cagliarini, Matthew Hamilton, John Gleeson, Eoin Killackey, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
AIM: People diagnosed with mental disorders experience higher rates of unemployment than those without. Career adaptability, defin..
Adaptation of a Digital Health Innovation to Prevent Relapse and Support Recovery in Youth Receiving Services for First-Episode Psychosis: Results From the Horyzons-Canada Phase 1 Study
Shalini Lal, John Gleeson, Lysanne Rivard, Simon D'Alfonso, Ridha Joober, Ashok Malla, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: Developing a digital health innovation can require a substantial amount of financial and human resource investment bef..
A Novel Multimodal Digital Service (Moderated Online Social Therapy plus ) for Help-Seeking Young People Experiencing Mental III-Health: Pilot Evaluation Within a National Youth E-Mental Health Service
Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Simon Rice, Simon D'Alfonso, Steven Leicester, Sarah Bendall, Ingrid Pryor, Penni Russon, Carla McEnery, Olga Santesteban-Echarri, Gustavo Da Costa, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Lee Valentine, Laia Solves, Aswin Ratheesh, Patrick D McGorry, John Gleeson
BACKGROUND: Mental ill-health is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Moreover, 75% of mental health conditions emerge betwe..
Blended Digital and Face-to-Face Care for First-Episode Psychosis Treatment in Young People: Qualitative Study
Lee Valentine, Carla McEnery, Imogen Bell, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Ingrid Pryor, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: A small number of studies have found that digital mental health interventions can be feasible and acceptable for young..
Cognitive strengths-based assessment and intervention in first-episode psychosis: A complementary approach to addressing functional recovery?
Kelly Allott, Peter Steele, Frances Boyer, Ashleigh de Winter, Shayden Bryce, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Lisa Phillips
People who have experienced psychosis describe functional and personal recovery as a key goal of treatment. To date, the early, pe..
Young People's Experience of a Long-Term Social Media-Based Intervention for First-Episode Psychosis: Qualitative Analysis
Lee Valentine, Carla McEnery, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: Digital mental health interventions present a unique opportunity to address the lack of social connection and loneline..
Practitioner review: Co-design of digital mental health technologies with children and young people
Rhys Bevan Jones, Paul Stallard, Sharifah Shameem Agha, Simon Rice, Aliza Werner-Seidler, Karolina Stasiak, Jason Kahn, Sharon A Simpson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Frances Rice, Rhiannon Evans, Sally Merry
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in digital technologies to help improve children and young people's mental health, and th..
Ethical issues and practical barriers in internet-based suicide prevention research: a review and investigator survey
Eleanor Bailey, Charlotte Muhlmann, Simon Rice, Maja Nedeljkovic, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Lasse Sander, Alison L Calear, Philip J Batterham, Jo Robinson
Background People who are at elevated risk of suicide stand to benefit from internet-based interventions; however, research in thi..
An Enhanced Social Networking Intervention for Young People with Active Suicidal Ideation: Safety, Feasibility and Acceptability Outcomes
Eleanor Bailey, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Jo Robinson, Simon D'Alfonso, Maja Nedeljkovic, Christopher G Davey, Sarah Bendall, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Jessica Phillips, Lisa Bloom, Laura Nicholls, Nicola Garland, Daniela Cagliarini, Mark Phelan, Ben McKechnie, Jessica Mitchell, Melanie Cooke, Simon M Rice
Online social networking interventions have potential to support young people who experience suicidal thoughts by specifically add..
Acceptance- and mindfulness-based interventions for persons with psychosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Jens Einar Jansen, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Simon Rice, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: Acceptance- and mindfulness-based approaches have gained popularity in recent years. OBJECTIVE: A systematic review an..
Moderated Online Social Therapy: Viewpoint on the Ethics and Design Principles of a Web-Based Therapy System
Simon D'Alfonso, Jessica Phillips, Lee Valentine, John Gleeson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
The modern omnipresence of social media and social networking sites (SNSs) brings with it a range of important research questions...