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A Novel Multimodal Digital Service (Moderated Online Social Therapy ) for Help-Seeking Young People Experiencing Mental Ill-Health: Pilot Evaluation Within a National Youth E-Mental Health Service (Preprint)

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

JMIR Publications Inc.


BACKGROUND Mental ill-health is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Moreover, 75% of mental health conditions emerge between the ages of 12 and 25 years. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources and limited engagement with services, a majority of young people affected by mental ill-health do not access evidence-based support. To address this gap, our team has developed a multimodal, scalable digital mental health service (Enhanced Moderated Online Social Therapy [MOST+]) merging real-time, clinician-delivered web chat counseling; interactive user-directed online therapy; expert and peer moderation; and peer-to-peer social networking. ..

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