1081 Burrard Street
E-Mental Health – Addressing mental health challenged young people using integrated web solutions
Michael Krausz, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor of Psychiatry (with a cross-appointment to the School of Population & Public Health), Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Providence Health Care B.C. Leadership Chair in Addiction Research
Abstract: Young people with mental health challenges have very limited access to mental health services. Although the burden of disease for addiction and mental illness in that age group is dramatic and most severe persistent mental conditions have their onset in adolescence, early adulthood access to targeted prevention or care is nearly impossible across the globe. Web and social media are changing not only communication patterns, especially for young people, but also the way they are looking for help, sharing experiences, learning new behaviours. Web-based screening and assessment, information and online treatment provide an opportunity to provide quality care with more capacity. Walkalong is a Canadian online hub for youth with mood challenges providing several features to specifically address their needs. This integrated platform aims to empower young individuals to overcome their problems and better deal with mood disorders.
This talk is open and will include a light lunch.