Journal article

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

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Digital mental health interventions present a unique opportunity to address the lack of social connection and loneliness experienced by young people with first-episode psychosis (FEP). The first generation of digital interventions, however, is associated with high attrition rates. Social media presents an opportunity to target this issue. A new generation of digital intervention has harnessed the popularity of social media to both promote engagement and foster social connectedness in youth mental health interventions. Despite their potential, little is known about how young people engage with, and experience, social media-based interventions as well as the optimal design, impleme..

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Awarded by NHMRC investigator grant

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all of the young people who participated in this study and shared their time, experiences, and thoughts with us. LV was supported by the Mental Illness Research Fund from the State Government of Victoria. CM was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. SO was supported by a rebound National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant. MA-J was supported by an NHMRC investigator grant APP1177235. SB was supported by a McCusker Charitable Foundation fellowship.