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Technology for Healthy Thinking
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

The Five Year Mental Health Youth Report presented findings from the past five Mission Australia youth surveys, during which thousands of adolescents answered questions on several topics, including mental health. The report found that there are more people in the 15-to-19 age category in psychological distress than there were five years ago. It also found girls were "twice as likely as boys to meet the criteria for having a probable serious mental illness", and almost a third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander respondents met that criteria, compared with 22.2 per cent for non-Indigenous youth. Crucially the report revealed that teenagers were increasingly turning to the internet to help them deal with their troubles. The current findings show that the internet is a prominent source of information, advice and support for many young people, particularly those with a probable mental illness, with over half of young people with and without a probable mental illness indicating they felt comfortable with this source of support.This presentation uses a case study approach to demonstrate how online technologies can play a major role in the delivery of mental health services and supports to young people and their families, including information, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, counselling and treatment programs targeting various conditions and levels of severity.

 

About Michael

Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. In 2015, Michael developed the Certificate of Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing with a team of experts. Delivered as a partnership between the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.

He sits on the Board of the Australian Psychological Society, The Family Peace Foundation, Project Rockit and Smiling Mind; is a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Playgroup Victoria; is a member of the APS committee for the Special Interest group in ePsychology; a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Girlfriend Magazine; and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise and psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW.

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