Are apps for depression and anxiety worth the money?

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Andres Fonseca summarises a recent RCT which finds that apps for depression and anxiety in an IAPT service can be effective and cost effective.

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Mental health apps: using implementation science to understand sustained use

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Bethany Gill summarises a recent narrative review of mental health apps for depression and anxiety, which explores what’s needed to make sure apps are successfully implemented and used sustainably.

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Are clinicians’ attitudes to technology stopping children and adolescents from accessing mental health care?

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In her debut blog, Lindsay Dewa explores a mixed-methods survey, which found that clinicians’ attitudes to technology may stop young people from accessing mental health care.

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What content is found in the mental health apps that people are actually using?

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In his debut blog, Stephen Schueller critiques a study of ‘user-adjusted’ analyses, which aims to describe the content of mental health apps that are actually reaching people.

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Is it feasible to use apps to support people with first episode psychosis?

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In her debut blog, Rosa Pitts summarises the ARIES trial, which suggests it may be feasible to use a smartphone app (My Journey 3) to help prevent relapse in psychosis, although questions remain about long-term participant engagement with the app.

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Digital interventions for suicidal thinking: a tale of two reviews

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In his debut blog, Wouter van Ballegooijen summarises two recent systematic reviews on digital interventions for suicidal thinking, which include more or less the same research, but come to quite different conclusions.

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A coached mobile app platform for depression and anxiety in primary care

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Last week, a group of people with lived experience of mental health problems, researchers and clinicians participated in a half-day online blogging workshop. Here’s the blog we wrote together, which summarises a recent US trial of a coached mobile app platform for the treatment of depression and anxiety in primary care.

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MyFitnessPal: how people with eating disorders use the diet and exercise app

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Georgie Parker reviews a qualitative analysis of Reddit comments relating to the use of MyFitnessPal and its impact on eating disorder behaviours.

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Exploring drop-out rates: new review shows poor retention in trials of apps for depression

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In his debut blog, Tom Steare summarises a systematic review looking at drop out rates in randomised controlled trials of smartphone apps for depression, which finds that depression apps with mood monitoring and human feedback were associated with greater retention of research participants.

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If you really want to know if a digital mental health tool has impact, ignore the trial: read the analytics

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Terry Fleming writes her debut elf blog on a recent study that systemically examines the usage patterns of self-help mental health apps using independently gathered internet traffic data.

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