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Piloting Google+ for young Australian mental health support. Dr Andrew Campbell, Faculty of Health Sciences

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Piloting Google+ for young Australian mental health support. Dr Andrew Campbell, Faculty of Health Sciences

  1. 1. Piloting Google+ for Young Australian Mental Health Support In Collaboration with: The UNSW BlackDog Institute & Kids Help Line Dr Andrew Campbell Discipline of Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
  2. 2. Piloting Google+ for Young Australian Mental Health Support The Problem › 1 in 3 Young Australian’s experience anxiety or depression between ages of 12-25 (Rickwood, et.al, 2005; McGorry, et.al, 2007) › Engaging them in psycho-education and/or early treatment for the symptoms they experience has been key to preventing chronic mood and affective disorders across the lifespan (Scott, et.al, 2009) › The problems we now need to address are 3 fold: › 1. Keeping Young Australians engaged in mental health wellbeing maintenance beyond initial psycho-education and/or treatment. › 2. Offering uncomplicated and inviting ‘check up’ support at any age in their development › 3. Empowering through peer groups about maintaining mental health ‘prevention and fitness’ not just from authority figures! Dr Andrew Campbell andrew.campbell@sydney.edu.au 2
  3. 3. Piloting Google+ for Young Australian Mental Health Support The Approach 1. Develop a Google+ Community run by Kids Help Line (KHL) Psychologists 24/7 2. Recruit (13-25yrs) volunteer ‘waitlist’ participants from KHL Web Counselling service (one-on-one counselling) to join specific community groups containing young people and 1 x facilitator (e.g. depression peer group or anxiety peer group n= 20 x 2) N= 40 3. Over 3 month period (August – Oct 2014) compare engagement/support preference with specific peer community group(s) with only online web counselling (one-on-one) engagement. Dr Andrew Campbell andrew.campbell@sydney.edu.au 3
  4. 4. Piloting Google+ for Young Australian Mental Health Support Hypotheses › Ha1: Google+ Community Peer Group (G+CPG) for depression/anxiety will encourage greater returns to Kids Help Line over 3 month period than to webcounselling services alone. › Ha2: Combined Web-Counselling (one-onone) counselling with CPG for depression/anxiety will prove more effective in relieving symptoms than webcounselling services alone. › Measures DASS 21 Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE) Self-Report Scale of Psychological Wellbeing (TBD) Dr Andrew Campbell andrew.campbell@sydney.edu.au 4
  5. 5. Piloting Google+ for Young Australian Mental Health Support Collaboration and Future Plans 1. Complete Data Collection and write up for Presentation and Publication in 2014 early-2015 2. Utilise Data for 2015 NH&MRC grant to develop a KHL operated and tested version of Google+ Community Peer Group for longitudinal evaluation RCT. 3. Publish findings as best practice for continuing e-Mental health support and treatment for online services engaging young people in mental health support/treatment and or management of chronic mood/affective disorders. Dr Andrew Campbell andrew.campbell@sydney.edu.au 5
  6. 6. BURNING QUESTIONS! 1. Why not use Facebook? 2. What about ensuring user privacy? 3. Will parents know? 4. How do you help someone acting strangely in a online group setting? 5. What if the technology changes during the study? 6. Is it safe from online predators and cyber-bullies? 7. Is this sustainable both technically and financially? Dr Andrew Campbell andrew.campbell@sydney.edu.au

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