Journal article

Development of a graphic medicine-enabled social media-based intervention for youth social anxiety

Simon Rice, Bridget O'Bree, Michael Wilson, Carla McEnery, Michelle H Lim, Matthew Hamilton, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Simon D'Alfonso, Penni Russon, Lee Valentine, Daniela Cagliarini, Simmone Howell, Christopher Miles, Marc Pearson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez



Objective: The objective of the Entourage project was to develop an innovative digital mental health intervention addressing key barriers experienced by young people in accessing evidence-based therapy for social anxiety. In particular, Entourage takes a specific focus on reaching young men, given their lower rates of service engagement. Method: This article discusses the theoretical underpinnings, therapeutic mechanisms, persuasive technology elements, and development process of a novel approach incorporating graphic medicine, clinical and peer support, and social networking. Results: Based on an integrated cognitive model of social anxiety disorder and consistent with the principles of cog..

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Awarded by Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

beyondblue; Movember Foundation; Mental Illness Research Fund from the State Government of Victoria; Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship; National Health and Medical Research Council; Career Development Fellowship, Grant/Award Numbers: APP115888, APP1082934