Special Issue "The Interface between the Internet and Mental Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: health behaviour change; digital health; physical-mental comorbidities; physical activity; nutrition; co-design and service user involvement
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Recent years have seen a substantial increase in both academic and clinical interest in the role of digital technologies in psychiatry and mental health. For instance, numerous clinical trials across multiple psychiatric populations have provided emerging evidence that psychological interventions can be delivered via smartphones to reduce psychiatric symptoms and improve psychological wellbeing among people with mental health issues. On the flip-side of this, there is increasing speculation that certain aspects of digital technologies (such as internet addiction, or adverse interactions with social media) may negatively impact on mental health across the population.
The aim of this Special Issue is to produce a novel body of work contributing towards the field of digital psychiatry, particularly with regard to the use of smartphone technologies in mental disorders.
We warmly welcome all rigorous research projects examining this area of interest, across a range of study designs. Specifically, the Special Issue aims to include:
1) Novel case-control analyses providing new insights into how internet usage may differ between people with mental health conditions and the general population;
2) Clinical cohort studies investigating the association between specific online behaviors and psychological/cognitive outcomes in psychiatric populations;
3) Randomized and open-label trials examining if digital interventions can significantly improve mental health—in both clinical and nonclinical populations;
4) Pragmatic evaluations using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods designs in order to shed new light into the feasibility, acceptability, and cost-effectiveness of digital interventions in the prevention or treatment of psychiatric conditions.
Therefore, this Special Issue will (a) present novel data on the impact of smartphone usage on public mental health and/or clinical disorders and (b) examine the efficacy and implementation of digital interventions for people with mental health conditions. Collectively, this will increase understanding and inform evidence-based practice of digital psychiatry, while providing clear directions for future research required to take the field forward.
Dr. Joseph Firth
Manuscript Submission Information
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- social media
- mental illness