Digital technology for mental health: asking the right questions #DigitalMHQ

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Over the last few months I’ve been working with MindTech on a collaborative project which seeks to discover the top ten research priorities for digital technology for mental health. It’s a really exciting project and I very much hope that lots of Mental Elf readers and followers are able to take part.

All we want is a few minutes of your time to complete a short survey:

Digital technology for mental health: why is this project important?

We know that huge opportunities to transform mental health care are offered by the internet, online services and the wide range of digital technologies, including ‘cutting edge’ innovations such as virtual reality, avatars and robots. But we need to do more research to understand better the impacts of these new technologies and how to use them in the best way.

The ‘Asking the right questions’ project seeks to understand what the most important research questions are in this area. To make sure the questions are grounded in the everyday experience of mental health, we want to hear from people with lived experience of mental health problems and health and social professionals. You don’t need to be an expert in technology to take part – we need to understand what everyone thinks about this issue.

By working with the James Lind Alliance, we are using their established methodology to gather in the questions and then work collaboratively to decide which matter the most. We will then widely publicise the top ten questions so that researchers and research funders will see which areas of research deserve priority attention.

Get involved now: we need to hear your views

This project is co-funded by: Mental Health Foundation; MQ Transforming mental health through research; NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre; McPin Foundation; Mental Health Intelligence and Leadership Programme, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust; Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Health, University of Sheffield; Nesta, mHabitat; University Counselling Service, University of Sheffield.

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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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