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.