Journal article

The role of technology in Australian youth mental health reform

Jane M Burns, Emma Birrell, Marie Bismark, Jane Pirkis, Tracey A Davenport, Ian B Hickie, Melissa K Weinberg, Louise A Ellis



This paper describes the extent and nature of Internet use by young people, with specific reference to psychological distress and help-seeking behaviour. It draws on data from an Australian cross-sectional study of 1400 young people aged 16 to 25 years. Nearly all of these young people used the Internet, both as a source of trusted information and as a means of connecting with their peers and discussing problems. A new model of e-mental health care is introduced that is directly informed by these findings. The model creates a system of mental health service delivery spanning the spectrum from general health and wellbeing (including mental health) promotion and prevention to recovery. It is d..

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Funding Acknowledgements

IBH is the Co-Director, Health and Policy at the Brain and Mind Centre (The University of Sydney), which operates two early-intervention youth services under contract to headspace. He has led a range of community-based and pharmaceutical industry-supported depression awareness and education and training programs. He has led projects for health professionals and the community supported by governmental, community agency and pharmaceutical industry partners (Wyeth, Eli Lily, Servier, Pfizer, AstraZeneca) for the identification and management of depression and anxiety. He has received honoraria for presentations of his own work at educational seminars supported by a number of non-government organisations and the pharmaceutical industry (including Eli Lilly, Servier, Pfizer, AstraZeneca).