Digital technologies to support adolescents with depression and anxiety

Rhys Bevan Jones, Faris Hussain, Sharifah Shameem Agha, Bryony Weavers, Mathijs Lucassen, Sally Merry, Paul Stallard, Sharon Anne Simpson, Frances Rice

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBJPsych Advances
Early online date24 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • Digital
  • support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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