In his debut blog, Luke Bayliss explores a Delphi study that will help mental health practitioners to converse with young people about their online activities and impact on mental health.[read the full story...]
Online support for people with suicidal thoughts: what do users think?
Laura Caven reviews a recent qualitative study that looks at what people think of the online support that is available from charities and other organisations for people with suicidal thoughts.[read the full story...]
Problematic smartphone use: what are the consequences for teens and their screens?
Lucinda Powell explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which finds that problematic smartphone use in young people is associated with poorer mental health.[read the full story...]
Guidance for online therapy during COVID-19
Liesbeth Tip highlights the new OxCADAT guidance for psychotherapists providing online therapy for people with anxiety, panic or trauma.
This blog also contains many ideas and an extensive list of useful research and resources for delivering internet based treatment for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.[read the full story...]
Digital technology and youth mental health: recommendations from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Sarah Hetrick summarises a recent report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists which explores the impact of technology use on the mental health of young people.[read the full story...]
Too much of a good thing: the cognitive impact of problematic internet use
Marissa Kube-Clare reviews a recent meta-analysis on the impact of Problematic Internet Usage on different domains of cognition. The review concluded that Problematic Internet Use was associated with significant cognitive impairment.[read the full story...]
This is your brain on social media
Anne-Laura van Harmelen and Susanne Schweizer publish their debut elf blog on a recent narrative review of social media use and brain development during adolescence published in Nature Communications.[read the full story...]
Ethics of digital technology for mental health: is this the end of the digital dilettante?
Mark Brown writes his debut Mental Elf blog about a recent paper that explores the ethical perspectives of recommending digital technology for mental health.[read the full story...]
Can digital communication improve relationships between young people and clinicians?
Victoria Betton reports on the LYNC study; mixed methods research into timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist clinical services for young people.[read the full story...]