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

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



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. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study is to asce..

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Awarded by Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the young people who generously participated in this study. In addition, the authors wish to thank the eheadspace senior management team and clinicians for supporting this study. This work was supported by a grant from the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). MA was supported via a Career Development Fellowship (APP1082934) and an Investigator Grant (APP1177235) by NHMRC. The sponsors did not participate in the design or conduct of this study; in the collection, management, analysis, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the preparation, review, approval, or decision to submit this manuscript for publication.