Journal article

Perceived Helpfulness of a Moderated Online Social Therapy Network for Young People Experiencing Social Anxiety

Bridget O'Bree, Courtney C Walton, Sarah Bendall, Michael Wilson, Lee Valentine, Carla McEnery, Simon D'Alfonso, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Simon Rice

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

There is a growing need for more effective delivery of digital mental health interventions, particularly for individuals experiencing difficulty accessing or engaging with traditional face-to-face therapy. Young people with social anxiety, and young males with social anxiety in particular need interventions sensitized to their needs. While digital interventions for mental health have proliferated, increasing their accessibility and utility, the data on acceptability and effectiveness of these interventions, however, indicates a need for improvement. The current study sought to utilise qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with 70 participants (male n = 33; age range = 14-25 years,..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Movember Foundation and Beyond Blue (SIC-2017) as part of the Social Innovators Challenge. Mario Alvarez-Jimenez is supported by an Investigator Grant (GNT1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Simon Rice is supported by a Career Developmental Fellowship (GNT115888) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Lee Valentine is supported by the Mental Illness Research Fund from the State Government of Victoria. CourtneyWalton is supported by a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MCK2020292) from the University of Melbourne.