Post Two: Emergent Technologies and the Future of e-Mental Health

Joy Li

Scholarly Source One: Putting Technology into Youth Mental Health Practice: Young People’s Perspectives (SAGE Publications)

Despite the increasing support for the future of e-mental health as a form of treatment intervention, there has been little insight into the effects of technological integration into the existing modes of mental health practices. As digital technologies such as the Internet and mobile technologies reach ubiquity in young lives, the researchers in the study, Putting Technology into Youth Mental Health Practice: Young People’s Perspectives, have sought to shift their focus onto youths and their perspective of digital interventions used in the complementary treatment and engagement of mental health in adolescents. As young people themselves are seldom asked in the discussion of possible treatment retention strategies, the study intends to advance our knowledge of treatment engagement from targeted subjects, whilst entertaining the notion of digital solutions as a potential method of communicating issues surrounding mental health.

Though the results state that varying technologies are ‘engaging, easy-to-access, informative, and empowering,’ they argue that these rewards are not yet utilised efficiently and effectively in youth health services in Australia. (Montague, Varcin, Simmons & Parker, 2015). Whilst their results, conducive to conclusions posed in prior studies, they necessitate more comprehensive research be conducted in evaluating the best forms of digital treatment interventions and means of support for the increased technological uptake in youth mental health practices.

Montague, A. E., Varcin, K. J., Simmons, M. B., & Parker, A. G. 2015, ‘Putting Technology Into Youth Mental Health Practice: Young People’s Perspectives’, SAGE Publications, vol. 1, no. 10, viewed 6 August 2016 <>.

Scholarly Source Two: Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training (Charles C Thomas Pub.)

In further scrutiny of emerging technologies and their potential impact on mental health, one of the most significant changes has been the shift in human interaction itself, notably in automated text-based interactions. In Technology in Mental Health, researchers Riva and Repetto offer an introduction into the evolving technology of Virtual Reality and a discussion of its applications in psychotherapeutic treatments and clinical psychology.

The current limitations to their discussion cease to exist beyond generalities and what has been practiced in the present day. The authors stress on examining the ethical implications and challenges this technology presents in the future. Once being the question of should technology be used in the delivery of mental health services, becomes the question of how best to adopt technology, with whom and when.

Goss, S. 2016, Technology in mental health: applications in practice, supervision and training, 2 Edition, Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd.

Image: With the advent of affordable mobile VR headsets there are new opportunities to apply telemedicine to decentralise mental health treatment, reaching more patients and improving lives around the world. (Li, 2016)