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How Can We Facilitate Digital Mental Health Progress for Marginalised Children and Young People

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Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, particularly for children and young people. The rise of digital technology has had a profound impact on the delivery of mental health support, providing new and innovative ways to help individuals in need. But despite the promise of digital mental health solutions, there are still significant barriers to their effective implementation, particularly for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people.

To ensure that the full potential of digital mental health is realised, it’s essential to accelerate the movement of digital mental health research from theory to practice. Here are some of the ways this can be achieved:

Investment in digital mental health research

Investing in digital mental health research is crucial to ensure that the most effective and efficient digital mental health interventions are developed for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people. This investment will help to drive innovation and progress in the field of digital mental health and will ultimately lead to better outcomes for those who need it most.

One of the benefits of investing in digital mental health research is the ability to explore new and innovative approaches to mental health support. By providing funding for research, policymakers can support the development of new digital mental health solutions that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of socioeconomically marginalised children and young people. This will help to ensure that these children and young people have access to the most effective and efficient mental health support possible.

Investing in digital mental health research also helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice. By providing funding for research, policymakers can help to ensure that the latest research findings are integrated into practice, and that practitioners are able to provide the most up-to-date and effective digital mental health interventions. This will ultimately lead to better outcomes for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people and will help to ensure that they receive the support they need to thrive.

Collaboration between researchers and practitioners

Collaboration between researchers and practitioners is critical to the success of digital mental health solutions, particularly for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people. By working together, researchers and practitioners can ensure that the latest research findings are integrated into practice, and that practitioners are equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.

One of the benefits of collaboration between researchers and practitioners is the ability to bring together different perspectives and expertise. Researchers can provide a deep understanding of the latest research findings, while practitioners can offer practical insights into the challenges and opportunities of delivering digital mental health interventions in real-world settings. This collaboration will help to ensure that digital mental health solutions are evidence-based, effective and efficient, and are tailored to the unique needs of socioeconomically marginalised children and young people.

One of the advantages of collaboration between researchers and practitioners is the prompt application of research findings into practice. Through cooperation, researchers and practitioners can make sure that recent research discoveries are swiftly integrated into practice, enabling practitioners to offer the most current and effective digital mental health interventions. This, in turn, will result in improved outcomes for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people and guarantee they receive the necessary support to flourish.

Education and training

Education and training are critical components of effective digital mental health support for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people. By providing education and training to mental health practitioners, policymakers can help to ensure that these practitioners are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide effective digital mental health support.

One of the benefits of providing education and training is the ability to keep practitioners up-to-date with the latest digital mental health interventions. Mental health is a rapidly evolving field, and it is important that practitioners are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to provide effective support to those in need. By providing education and training, policymakers can help to ensure that practitioners are equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills, allowing them to provide the most effective digital mental health support.

One of the outcomes of offering education and training to mental health practitioners is the enhancement of their confidence and competence in delivering digital mental health interventions. Through education and training, policymakers can boost the confidence and competency of practitioners, enabling them to offer superior quality digital mental health support to socioeconomically marginalised children and young people. This will ultimately result in improved outcomes for these children and young people and guarantee they receive the necessary support for their growth.

Addressing the digital divide

The digital divide is a significant challenge for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people seeking access to digital mental health support. The unequal distribution of internet access and digital skills creates barriers for these children and young people, limiting their ability to access the support they need to improve their mental health.

To address the digital divide, it is important to ensure that socioeconomically marginalised children and young people have access to the internet and the digital skills necessary to access digital mental health support. This can be achieved through a variety of initiatives, including providing access to affordable internet and digital devices, offering digital skills training, and supporting community-based digital literacy programs.

Another important step in addressing the digital divide is ensuring that digital mental health interventions are accessible and user-friendly for all. This includes designing interventions that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, as well as those who may have limited digital skills or experience. It is also important to ensure that digital mental health interventions are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the unique needs and circumstances of socioeconomically marginalised children and young people.

Final thoughts

The potential of digital mental health solutions for socioeconomically marginalised children and young people is vast. However, to fully realize this potential, it is important to accelerate the movement of digital mental health research from theory to practice. By investing in digital mental health research, fostering collaboration between researchers and practitioners, providing education and training, and addressing the digital divide, we can ensure that the full potential of digital mental health is realised for these children and young people.

With the right support and investment, digital mental health solutions can play a critical role in transforming mental health support and improving the lives of millions of children and young people around the world.


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.

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