Conversational agents for mental health apps: now with added artificial empathy

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Matthew Bennion reviews two recent studies that sought to develop artificially empathic conversational agents for use in mental health.

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Man Up: using social media to tackle male suicide

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Jonny Benjamin blogs about a recent evaluation of the Australian Man Up multimedia campaign, which aimed to influence the online conversation about masculinity and suicide.

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Youth online discussion forums: how do young people support each other and what do they talk about?

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Masters students from the ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health course explore a recent qualitative study into how young people use the Kooth online discussion forum for emotional and mental health issues.

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Can gamified cCBT prevent depression in secondary school students?

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Lisa Burscheidt summarises a school-based RCT of an online gamified cCBT intervention (SPARX-R) for preventing depression in final year secondary school students in Australia.

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Staff views on digital self-management of severe mental illness

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Laura Hemming presents a recent qualitative study of staff views on the use of the Internet and smartphones for digital self-management of severe mental health problems.

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Predictors of adherence to digital interventions for psychosis

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Joe Barnby and Muna Dubad explore a recent systematic review that looks at the potential predictors of adherence to web-based and mobile technologies for people with psychosis.

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Mental health apps for young people: an evidence-free zone?

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Natalie Nelissen from mHabitat publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of mental health apps for young people, which highlights the current dearth of reliable research to support the efficacy and safety of mobile apps.

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