SlowMo: an app to improve thinking biases in people experiencing paranoia

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Imogen Bell blogs about a recent randomised controlled trial of the SlowMo app, which aimed to slow down thinking patterns and correct interpretation biases in people experiencing paranoia.

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The Care Ecosystem: telephone support to help people with dementia and their carers

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A UCL MSc group of students review a US randomised controlled trial of the ‘Care Ecosystem’; collaborative care for dementia delivered by telephone and internet, which suggests improvements in quality of life and caregiver well-being, and reductions in health service use.

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NHS-recommended e-therapies for depression, anxiety and stress: promising but limited

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Natalie Berry summarises a meta-analysis which finds a limited body of research exists to support the use of NHS e-therapies for depression, anxiety and stress.

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Can SMS text messages help prevent relapse in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder?

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A group of UCL Mental Health MSc students summarise a recent pilot study, which explores the acceptability and feasibility of the Texting for Relapse Prevention (T4RP) programme for people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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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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Online support for people with suicidal thoughts: what do users think?

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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.

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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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