e-Mental Health in Practice
Digital or E-mental health are programs, services, tools or applications that may be self-driven or involve real time or delayed interaction or guidance with a clinician or other support person.
Digital or e-mental health programs and services assist Australians to access mental health information and support at any time and from any place. Practitioners can use these types of programs and tools to support and aid their delivery of mental health and wellbeing services to their clients.
eMHPrac will focus on e-mental health promotion, training and support with:
Led by Black Dog Institute
Allied Health Practitioners
Including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and practice nurses.
Led by Queensland University of Technology
Service Providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in:
Northern Territory and Western Ausstralia – led by Menzies School of Health Research
Northern NSW – led by University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast, The University of Sydney)
Far North Queensland – led by Queensland University of Technology
The eMHPrac objectives are to engage health professionals in use of e-mental health by:
- Increasing awareness, knowledge and positive attitudes
- Building confidence and self-efficacy
- Provision of training in use of e-mental health
- Provision of workforce support in the use of e-mental health
- Provision of advice to the government on the most effective ways to support e-mental health
What is eMHPrac?
The eMHPrac (e-mental health in practice) Project is funded by the Australian Government and aims to raise health practitioner awareness and knowledge of Digital Mental Health. eMHPrac provide free training and support in its use to GP's, allied health professionals and service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This is an online community of practice open to all GP's and other practitioners with an interest in mental health generally and digital mental health resources particularly. It consists of a blog and forum where practitioners can discuss mental health issues with their peers and subject matter experts. Registration for the community can be found at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/emhprac
What are digital mental health programs?
Digital Mental health (e-mental health) are services, programs or applications, delivered via online, mobile or phone based platforms. They may be self-driven or practitioner guided and can be used alone or in combination with face-to-face therapy.
Benifits of e-mental health programs
For many people with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, online intervention programs can be as effective as face-to-face threatment, particularly if there is additional practitioner support (Griffith et al., 2010; Andersson & Hedman, 2013; Andrews et al., 2014).
Digital mental health treatments: Who should use them and why?
Digital menbtal health programs, applicatiosn and services can be self-directed or therapist guided providing access to mental health information and support from any place, at any time. They can be a useful prevention and early intervention strategy. In addition, they can also be utilized to provide support prior to engaging a mental health professional, as an accompaniment o traditional therapy, or as an assessment or monitoring tool within therapy.
"Digital mental health is an approach that offers mental health support and assistance to people at any time and in any place"
Digital mental health treatment programs are easy to use and don't require special skills. They can be used anonymously, are easy to access and most are free of charge. Practitioners can choose their level of involvement in their patient's use of these programs - from simply encouraging and monitoring their progress, to guiding, acting as a coach or explaining content. Some online services (Mindspot, THIS WAY UP and Mental Helath Online) aldo offer program-based guidance and coaching.