Journal article

Effectiveness of a Mental Health Service Navigation Website (Link) for Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial

Lena Sanci, Sylvia Kauer, Sharmala Thuraisingam, Sandra Davidson, Ann-Maree Duncan, Patty Chondros, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Kerrie Buhagiar

JMIR Mental Health | JMIR Publications | Published : 2019


Background: Mental health and substance use disorders are the main causes of disability among adolescents and young adults yet fewer than half experiencing these problems seek professional help. Young people frequently search the Web for health information and services, suggesting that Web-based modalities might promote help-seeking among young people who need it. To support young people in their help-seeking, we developed a Web-based mental health service navigation website called Link. Link is based on the Theory of Planned Behavior and connects young people with treatment based on the type and severity of mental health symptoms that they report Objective: The study aimed to investigate ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study team would like to thank the ReachOut Australia research team including Andrea Brown, Victoria Blake, and Julie Grey and the young people who participated in this study. Professor Sue Cotton was the statistician in the pilot study and in the current trial, who advised on the PANAS outcome measure to examine relief of distress and conducted the sample size calculation. Funding was from the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an Australian-based international research center (2011-2016) that united young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators, and policy-makers from over 70 partner organizations.