Is brief text messaging effective to reduce repeat hospital-treated self-harm?

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Amelia Mullett summarises an Australian RCT on the efficacy of a short message service brief contact intervention (SMS-SOS) in reducing repetition of hospital-treated self-harm.

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Watch yourself! Investigating the efficacy of remotely delivered video feedback in Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder (CT-SAD)

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KCL Masters student Katherine Jolly considers a study on internet-delivered compared to face-to-face video feedback to update negative self-perceptions in iCBT for social anxiety disorder.

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The enforced use of cameras in patients’ bedrooms may not reduce the incidence of self-harm

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John Baker looks at a recent study of the Oxevision system, which claims that their ‘vision-based patient monitoring’ reduces self-harm on acute mental health wards.

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SMS CBT TLC CYP? 🤔 Does delivering cognitive behavioural therapy via text messages help improve depression in young people?

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Becky Appleton summarises a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness and acceptability of text-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for improving depression in young adults.

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Individual, group and guided self-help CBT for panic disorder: most delivery formats equally effective, but more evidence needed

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Hannah Wallace summarises a network meta-analysis comparing four different formats of CBT for panic disorder, which finds “no efficacy differences between CBT delivered as guided self-help, or in the face-to-face individual or group format in the treatment of panic disorder”.

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Deciphering self-help: how do adolescents experiencing emotional difficulties cope?

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Nuria Gardia considers a scoping review on self‑management, self‑care, and self‑help strategies in adolescents with emotional problems.

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The promise of digital interventions to reduce the disease burden of depression #DepressionSolvingTheToll part 2

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Part 2 in a four-part series on solving the toll of depression on populations. Pim Cuijpers focuses on the opportunities and challenges of digital interventions for depression, looking at guided and unguided digital interventions, and taking a global mental health perspective.

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Using the highs to combat the lows: ketamine-assisted therapy for anxiety and depression

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In her debut blog, Gabrielle Williams reviews a US study on the safety and effectiveness of ketamine-assisted therapy (a digital intervention combining psychotherapy, journaling and ketamine) for moderate to severe anxiety and depression.

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Is it possible to form a digital therapeutic alliance with a mental health app?

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Jenna Jacob summarises a qualitative study exploring the conceptualisation of the digital therapeutic alliance in the context of mental health apps that require no human support.

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Step-by-Step: promising digital app for Syrian refugees with depression

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Dafni Katsampa critiques a recent randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of Step-by-Step, a WHO-guided digital intervention for Syrian refugees with depression in Lebanon.

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