Digital Technology for Mental Health: Asking the right questions


There are some big ideas emerging at the moment about how people with mental health problems can make better use of new technology. It’s all about new ways of connecting people and new ways of accessing services and treatments. It might be about using everyday things -text messaging, online support groups, apps, computer games designed to help us with our well being or futuristic things like virtual reality, avatars, and robots. MindTech is working with a wide range of people and organizations. We want to find out what you think are the most important questions about digital technology for mental health. As researchers and developers of digital technology for mental health, we get stuck as we don’t know where to start answering all these questions, or which we need to answer first. This is where we need your help. We need to get this right, to make sure future research focuses on those things that are most important. We want to hear from people with lived experience of mental health problems, either personally themselves or supporting friends and family. We want to hear from health and social care practitioners. We also want to hear from people who decide which mental health services are available in your area. The commissioners. To get involved all we’d like you to do is send us your questions about using digital technology for mental health. Whatever you can think to ask, it will be important to us and it should only take a couple of minutes to complete our survey. At the end, you will be asked if you’d like to stay in touch with the project and take part in the later stages. The options for later involvement will be completing another survey or coming to a workshop, where we talk about some of the questions in more detail. The end result of this project will be a top 10 list of research questions that have been decided by people like you and are published so that researchers can see which questions are most important. By taking part, you are helping to direct future research. Making sure the most pressing questions are those answered first. If you want to find out more, go to: www.mindtech.org.uk/digitalmhq

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