• 7Feb

    E-mental health: what’s all the fuss about?

    E-mental health is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support and improve mental health, including the use of online resources, social media and smartphone applications. Greater use of information and technology could help us address resource challenges.

    E-mental health also has the potential to support cultural transformation and a move towards a social model of health, by empowering service users to exercise greater choice and control and to manage their own conditions more effectively.

    This paper looks at how the mental health sector might make the most of opportunities offered by e-mental. It gives examples of how service users, mental health providers and other organisations are already embracing e-mental health to bring about change.

    Key points

    • E-mental health is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), to support and improve mental health.
    • Public expectations of health services, and how they interact with them, are changing rapidly.
    • Increasingly, service users are making more of the opportunities presented by technology to engage in online peer support and supported self-management.
    • Making better use of technology can help us address resource challenges and support cultural transformation.
    • A national framework for e-mental health should be developed to provide a platform for change.

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