‘Digital Mental Health – what’s happening now’ – seminar report

We were delighted to hear from a range of speakers about different aspects of digital mental health at our recent seminar ‘Digital Mental Health – what’s happening now.’

The event was opened by EMPOWER Chief Investigator, Professor Andrew Gumley, who welcomed delegates and set the scene for the day. Andrew also introduced and explained our trialing of the online participation tool Vevox which we used throughout the afternoon to encourage audience engagement and have included some results below. Full presentations, biographies and abstracts are available on our outputs page.

The first presentation was given by EMPOWER Trial Manager, Dr Simon Bradstreet. He described the intervention and experiences from the study to date. This included sharing data on how well engaged people had been with the EMPOWER App, with 78% of people using the App having met the pre-determined level of more than 33% of usage.

Delegates were asked for their view on how regularly the EMPOWER App had been used by participants. The correct answer is 78%.

Emily Eisner, who is undertaking her PhD at the University of Manchester described her work in relation to early signs and basic signs of psychosis and the feasibility of using the EXPRESS app to measures those constructs and predict relapse.

Dr Aislinn Bergin works on the gameChange project at MindTech, an NIHR MedTech Co-Operative at the University of Nottingham, and is a digital mental health theorist. Her presentation was based on her research exploring digital mental health ‘in the wild’, studying the experiences of developers, researchers and users outside of the clinical context.

Aislinn Bergin asked delegates who they felt should be responsible for digital mental health. This word cloud gives a sense of the views.

The final presentation was given by Dr John Torous who is Director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Digital Psychiatry at Harvard. John’s talk focused on the concept of digital phenotyping . He explored current research and evolving efforts to ensure analysis is both valid and transparent as well as real world implementation and ethical issues.

John Torous asked delegates how comfortable they would feel to have data captured automatically from their digital device.
This word cloud gives a sense of what people valued in the seminar.