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The evidence bas for the provision of mental health services via new channels and platforms
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Online tool could help screen for mental health disorders - MedCity News

Online tool could help screen for mental health disorders - MedCity News | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
An Internet-based system could be a useful tool for screening adults for mental health disorders and giving preliminary diagnoses, according to a new Dutch study.
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YMHN Newsletter: The Rise of Youth Mental Health Apps

YMHN Newsletter: The Rise of Youth Mental Health Apps | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
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The use of mHealth technology provides perhaps more in the area of mental health in the young than in any other area in my opinion.

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Rachelle Howard's curator insight, September 13, 2013 6:20 PM

Useful, say young people... if and when done right!

Marilee Ruebsamen's curator insight, September 21, 2013 12:31 PM

Sharing insights, --

Rachelle Howard's comment, September 21, 2013 2:07 PM
I agree Dan, Thanks for sharing & to U Marilee :-D.
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Blogs may smooth ups, downs of breast cancer study

Blogs may smooth ups, downs of breast cancer study | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
For women suffering from breast cancer, online tools appeared to be helpful in battling depression, a randomized trial showed.
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Health Blogging, Social Support, and Well-Being

Health Blogging, Social Support, and Well-Being | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Interesting study on the benefits social support received by individuals blogging about mental and physical health. The amount of benefits received was greater in those conditions that may be associated with social stigma.

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Now that biomarkers for suicide risk have been identified, could a diagnostic test be far off?

Now that biomarkers for suicide risk have been identified, could a diagnostic test be far off? | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
A group of scientists from Indiana University School of Medicine have identified biomarkers associated with suicide risk that could potentially be developed into a blood test.
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Fascinating work to identify biomarkers associated with high suicide risk. 

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Writing - for health and happiness?

Writing - for health and happiness? | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
James Pennebaker's groundbreaking research showed the health benefits of writing down your emotions. But do confessional blogs and constant social media updates change the picture?
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Brain scans, blood samples could lead to customized depression treatment instead of 'trial and error' approach

Brain scans, blood samples could lead to customized depression treatment instead of 'trial and error' approach | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
Brain scans and other diagnostic tests could one day direct doctors to the best treatments for depression patients and uncover the biological basis of the condition.
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Clare Myatt's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:16 PM

Encouraging news for those challenged with depression. Wish it were available now.

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Brain-controlled interfaces move beyond the medical: Can 'reading' your mind prevent a car crash?

Brain-controlled interfaces move beyond the medical: Can 'reading' your mind prevent a car crash? | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
What if driving became a more sophisticated technological experience, so that instead of relying on just the motorist, the car itself would be behind the wheel?
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Top 10 Quotes From Harvard's First Forum On Healthcare Innovation

Top 10 Quotes From Harvard's First Forum On Healthcare Innovation | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
In an effort to collaborate around healthcare innovation, Harvard's prestigious Business and Medical Schools formed a joint initiative last year called the Forum on Healthcare Innovation.
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'If you think about how healthcare is delivered, it’s on an ad hoc basis. Someone comes into a hospital, someone comes into a pharmacy, someone comes into a doctor. But beyond those touchpoints, the patients are on their own. There’s no real continuity of care.' Christopher A. Viehbacher – CEO

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Why social media is an imperative for disaster psychiatry

Why social media is an imperative for disaster psychiatry | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
In short, disaster survivors are likely to do better if they feel, or are helped to feel, safe and connected to others.
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For each and every 'personal disaster' as well?

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Managers guide on supporting workplace mental health

Managers guide on supporting workplace mental health | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Cognitive behavior therapy or drugs for patients with depression? A brain scan could tell

Cognitive behavior therapy or drugs for patients with depression? A brain scan could tell | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Employers can address the workplace stress with help from a digital coaching program

Employers can address the workplace stress with help from a digital coaching program | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
A digital stress management coach from startup meQuilibrium is helping hospitals and other employers get to the bottom of stress at the workplace.
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App uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat and manage eating disorders

App uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat and manage eating disorders | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
Stanford entrepreneur in residence has developed a cognitive therapy app for people with eating disorders and their therapists to improve patient engagement and patient outcomes.
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More apps will act as an aid to the interaction between patients and medical professionals to help on both sides. Very clever stuff

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Why Feelings Come First in the MOMO Self-advocacy App for Care Leavers

Why Feelings Come First in the MOMO Self-advocacy App for Care Leavers | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
MOMO helps young people in care and care leavers express how they are feeling and any issues they want sorting out. First it asks how they are feeling now.
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Mental health service users spend longer in hospital, data finds

People with mental illness spend longer in hospital on average than the general population, yet are less likely to have a procedure performed during their stay, new figures have revealed.
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Julie Hankin's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:00 AM

This partly reflects how poor MH services still are at recording both diagnosis and procedures.  Also difficult to capture that the admission to a containing environment may have been a therapeutic procedure in itself

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Key Mental Illness Genes Found | The Scientist Magazine®

Key Mental Illness Genes Found | The Scientist Magazine® | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
A large genome-wide study has identified four single-nucleotide polymorphisms shared between five major psychiatric disorders.
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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate suicide risk based on a person's social media behavior.
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Heard about this a while back but interesting to see how it develops. Big Data comes to suicide prevention. 

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For vets with PTSD, 'prolonged exposure' therapy may help

For vets with PTSD, 'prolonged exposure' therapy may help | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
Therapy that involves repeatedly processing painful memories and approaching anxiety-provoking situations in a safe way may ease symptoms of PTSD among veterans.
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'"One of the important factors in chronic PTSD is avoidance - avoiding thinking about the trauma and avoiding going to places that remind you of the trauma or are similar," said Edna Foa, head of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a developer of prolonged exposure therapy.

The idea behind prolonged exposure is "helping the patient confront the memories and confront the situations they avoid," added Foa, who wasn't involved in the new study.

 

"They realize they can talk about this event, and they don't fall apart. It gives them a sense of control over the memory, rather than the memory controlling them."

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UZH Mediadesk - Psychotherapy via internet as good as if not better than face-to-face consultations

Online psychotherapy is just as efficient as conventional therapy. Three months after the end of the therapy, patients given online treatment even displayed fewer symptoms.
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'“In both groups, the depression values fell significantly,” says Professor Andreas Maercker, summing up the results of the study. At the end of the treatment, no more depression could be diagnosed in 53 percent of the patients who underwent online therapy – compared to 50 percent for face-to-face therapy. Three months after completing the treatment, the depression in patients treated online even decreased whereas those treated conventionally only displayed a minimal decline: no more depression could be detected in 57 percent of patients from online therapy compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.'

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Depressed? Anxious? Getting older? There's an app for all of that - The Boston Globe

Depressed? Anxious? Getting older? There's an app for all of that - The Boston Globe | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
Game developers hope that one day they might supplement therapy and support groups by putting mental health care into patients’ homes or pockets.
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Why Online Patient Communities are Better than Real Life Support Groups

Why Online Patient Communities are Better than Real Life Support Groups | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
A support group  has many potential benefits, some of which include improving coping skills, reducing anxiety, depression, isolation, ignorance about the condition and others.  Online patient commu...
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This $79 Sensor Could Keep Your Stress in Check

This $79 Sensor Could Keep Your Stress in Check | E-Mental Health and wellbeing | Scoop.it
This biosensor measures your stress levels while you're gaming.
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lisa hill's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:21 PM

One for the Xmas stocking...

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Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

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Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are ...

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Robert Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:45 AM

Does not need to be a career changing moment.

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News: Peer support workers in mental health recovery – benefits and costs - Centre for Mental Health

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If ever there were an aspect of treatment that could be scaled up using technology then surely it was the area of peer support?

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