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Inspire - Jack Heath

  1. 1. Reachout.com addressing the unmet mental health needs of young people globally San Sebastian 28 July 2008
  2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Youth Mental Health Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Program </li></ul><ul><li>Going Global </li></ul>
  3. 3. Youth Mental Health <ul><li>High rates of youth mental health issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20-25% experienced mental health disorder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>75% of troubled youth do not seek help from a mental health professional </li></ul><ul><li>Societal barriers prevent young people from seeking help due to a combination of societal stigma, cultural barriers, mistrust in the system, and limited services. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people are turning to the Internet for help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>90% are online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>75% are comfortable accessing health information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25% seek specific information on mental health </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. An Australian Approach Mission: Combine innovative use of technology with the direct involvement of young people to co-create opportunities for millions of young people to live, give and shine - focus on prevention and early intervention with emphasis on wellbeing through social connectedness Vision: To make a global contribution to young people’s mental health and well-being by 2020. Origin: Direct response to escalating rates of youth suicide in Australia in 1996
  5. 5. Reach Out! model Improve the mental health of young people Increase resilience and coping skills Increase mental health literacy Increase help seeking behavior Compelling research-based content Relevant “voice” developed by engaged young people Engaging multi-technology format with wide reach Destigmatising mental health via a youth brand Informing and supporting via a technology-based service Building visible partnerships with youth-oriented organizations Normalizing tough times as part of youth experience Building a brand that young people own Reduced youth risk behaviors (depression and suicide) Tools for MH professionals to incorporate Reach Out! into clinical care Curricula to enable Reach Out! to be used in schools Tools for professionals to improve care of youth
  6. 10. ROC feedback <ul><ul><li>  “ It's neat - it's fun to be able to experiment with different options to see what might happen, sans consequences.”   Male, 23 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ At first you think it is going to be one of the most stupid things out but it really is addictive and fun but most important of all it actually does help you out with real life situations.”   Male, 19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swinburne University evaluation showed positive contribution to mental health outcomes. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 11. Reach Out! Visitor Numbers Google Adwords And MySpace Partnership Total Visits to date: 8 million Now tracking at ~250,000 per month Youth suicide rates down 56% since 1997
  8. 12. 2007 Online Survey Results <ul><li>83% of young people will return to Reach Out! if going through a tough time </li></ul><ul><li>84% of young people will recommend Reach Out! to a friend in need </li></ul><ul><li>79% of health professionals rate the site “very good or excellent” </li></ul><ul><li>76% “trust” the site </li></ul><ul><li>75% increase in mental health literacy </li></ul>
  9. 13. Going Global <ul><li>Established Inspire USA Foundation 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch beta version Nov 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish Ireland/Europe office end 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Building inspire.org to scale </li></ul>
  10. 14. inspire.org inspire.org Australia USA Asia Ireland/UK Europe Consistent research and evaluation to ensure outcomes Information sharing to ensure best practice + rapid transfer of learnings & innovation A centralized scaleable & tailored technology platform <ul><li>A unified mission to increase young people’s wellbeing & happiness </li></ul><ul><li>- 3 million in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>20 million in 2020 </li></ul>
  11. 15. Challenges <ul><li>Transforming from Web 1.0 trailblazer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past success threat to future success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay real and relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weaving global leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Holding right motivation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaling with humility </li></ul></ul>
  12. 16. The Inspire Dream <ul><li>I am a young person. </li></ul><ul><li>I am loved and I love. </li></ul><ul><li>There lies before me a land of endless opportunity where I can learn and grow. </li></ul><ul><li>There lies within me a limitless ocean of compassion and kindness. </li></ul><ul><li>I respect all people - including myself - for who we are. </li></ul><ul><li>I celebrate our common humanity and I honour our individual differences. </li></ul><ul><li>I show up for life each morning ready for whatever comes my way. </li></ul><ul><li>I give my best and know it will make all the difference. </li></ul><ul><li>I am making my world a better place. </li></ul><ul><li>I am happy. </li></ul>

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