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Digital technologies to support adolescents with depression and anxiety

Bevan-Jones, Rhys ORCID:, Hussain, Faris, Agha, Sharifah ORCID:, Weavers, Bryony ORCID:, Lucassen, Mathijs, Merry, Sally, Stallard, Paul, Simpson, Sharon Anne and Rice, Frances ORCID: 2023. Digital technologies to support adolescents with depression and anxiety. BJPsych Advances 29 (4) , pp. 239-253. 10.1192/bja.2022.3

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Depression and anxiety are common in adolescents, but most affected will not get any formal help. Digital mental health technologies (i.e. resources and interventions to support and improve mental health) are a potential way to extend the reach and increase adolescents’ access to therapies, at a relatively low cost. Many young people can access the internet and mobile technologies, including in low- and middle-income countries. There has been increased interest in integrating technologies in a range of settings, especially because of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health, at a time when services are under pressure. This clinical review gives an overview of digital technologies to support the prevention and management of depression and anxiety in adolescence. The technologies are presented in relation to their technological approaches, underlying psychological or other theories, setting, development, evaluations to date and how they might be accessed. There is also a discussion of the potential benefits, challenges and future developments in this field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 2056-4678
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 4 January 2022
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 17:31

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