eMHPrac Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2, February 2021

eMHPrac Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2, February 2021

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Welcome to the February 2021 eMHPrac newsletter. This month, we look forward to the observance of two important days of inclusion on the international calendar: Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, and International Women’s Day on March 8.

Mental health issues do not discriminate, and neither should treatment options. The eMHPrac Project is proud to be able to promote a range of digital mental health services for vulnerable and underserved communities, such as WellMob for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, QLife for LBGTQI+ communities and Healthy Mind for people with Intellectual Disability.

In this edition:
  • eMHPrac Factsheet – Managing Your Mental Health Online
  • National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Lifeline ‘Holding on to Hope’ podcast
  • Zero Discrimination Day – March 1
  • Upcoming conferences
  • The latest research in digital mental health
  • This month’s featured service: myCompass

In case you missed this free eMHPrac Resource…

Managing Your Mental Health Online

This factsheet is for anyone looking for digital resources to help manage their mental health. It includes examples of free phone/online counselling services, apps, and online programs.

See all of eMHPrac’s factsheets in our Resource Library.

Government launches National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Government has launched the first phase of Australia’s $89.5 million Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study. Up to 17,000 Australians, aged 16 to 85 will take part in the study, with the first results expected by the end of 2021.

The work is the first part of the Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study, a multi-year study of approximately 60,000 Australians which will run until 2023 and provide the most complete picture ever of our health. It includes four national studies covering mental health, general health, nutrition and physical activity and biomedical health status.

Read more about the study here.

Looking for a mental health-focused podcast?

Listen to Lifeline’s ‘Holding on to Hope’

Holding onto Hope is a podcast series from Lifeline Australia, in which people who have come through the darkness of suicidality share the connection that gave them hope to continue living.

Suicide does not discriminate, and guest participants from all walks of life each share their story with the aim of helping those who are struggling and those who may be supporting them.

Listen here

Zero Discrimination Day

1 March 2021

“Celebrating the right of everyone to live a full and productive life – and live it with dignity.”
Launched by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, Zero Discrimination Day aims to help people become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.

eMHPrac promotes and supports a range of digital services for diverse populations, including Indigenous Australians, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ communities, older adults and more.

Check out our Guide to Digital Mental Health Resources or our searchable online Directory for resources for diverse groups.

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Catch us at these upcoming conferences:

Amplify Conference

6 March 2021, Canterbury College, Waterford

AMPLIFY has been created to inspire, equip and resource leaders who serve in ministry with children & families, youth and RI in schools.

Dr Ruth Crowther, Senior Research Fellow within the QUT eMHPrac Team, will deliver a presentation on ‘How to Better Support Youth Mental Health in a Pandemic’, which will help chaplains and other individuals working in youth ministry positions learn about evidence-based, trustworthy digital mental health programs and apps for youth.

Learn more

Frontline Mental Health Conference

15-16 March 2021, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 2021 Frontline Mental Health Conference is designed to explore specialist advice and care for frontline workers and first responders throughout all stages of training, service, and retirement.

eMHPrac’s Director Heidi Sturk will deliver a presentation on how digital mental health resources and services can assist frontline workers and first responders, who have been in particular need of mental health and wellbeing support in recent times. The presentation will help frontline workers find the most appropriate evidence-based online resources for them to use, as well as guide them through how to best use these resources.

Learn more

On our reading radar…

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression: A Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Network Meta-analysis

Karyotaki E, Efthimiou O, Miguel C, et al. Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: A Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Network Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online January 20, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.4364

“In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 39 studies comprising 9751 participants, individuals with mild/subthreshold depression was associated with little or no benefit from therapeutic guidance, while guided iCBT was associated with more effectiveness in individuals with moderate and severe depression. Both iCBT modalities outperformed the TAU regardless of depression severity.”

Smartphone Health Assessment for Relapse Prevention (SHARP): a digital solution toward global mental health

Rodriguez-Villa, E., Mehta, U., Naslund, J., Tugnawat, D., Gupta, S., Thirtalli, J., . . . Torous, J. (2021). Smartphone Health Assessment for Relapse Prevention (SHARP): A digital solution toward global mental health. BJPsych Open, 7(1), E29. doi:10.1192/bjo.2020.142

“Predicting and preventing relapse presents a crucial opportunity and first step to improve outcomes and reduce the care gap for persons living with schizophrenia. Using commercially available smartphones and smartwatches, technology now affords opportunities to capture real-time and longitudinal profiles of patients’ symptoms, cognition, physiology and social patterns. This novel data makes it possible to explore relationships between behaviours, physiology and symptoms, which may yield personalised relapse signals.”

This edition’s featured service…

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myCompass

A personalised self-help tool for your mental health.

About myCompass

myCompass is an interactive, fully automated, self-help CBT service to assist people with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. The program supports real-time monitoring of symptoms and behaviours and includes interactive skill-building modules. myCompass is available via the internet on mobile phone, computers and tablets.

Who is myCompass for?

The age range of intended users of myCompass is 18 to 75 year olds.

Is there a cost to use myCompass?

No – there is no registration fee, and users are not billed for the SMSs they receive from the program.

How to access myCompass

Visit https://www.mycompass.org.au/ to Register and access the program. To be able to register you must fill in your relationship status, referral source, first name, password, email address or mobile phone number (or both), date of birth, country of birth, state of residence, postcode and gender.

Practitioners may register to use the program if they wish.