Special Issue "Using Digital Technologies to Improve Access to and Engagement with Mental Health Interventions by Marginalized Populations"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021).
Interests: digital mental health; youth mental health; eHealth; mHealth; prevention; marginalised populations; LGBTIQ mental health
Interests: digital mental health; youth mental health; functional recovery; mHealth; eHealth; self-management; early intervention
Interests: eHealth; mHealth; digital phenotyping; digital mental health; mood disorders; prevention; quality and safety
Digital technology provides a myriad of new opportunities beyond traditional approaches to improve mental health through screening, assessment, monitoring and the development and delivery of interventions. To date, the literature has largely focused on applications of technology within and for the general population, with less attention paid to the specific needs of marginalized groups. Given the mental health disparities commonly experienced by marginalized populations, further research is warranted to ensure that digital technologies do not further disadvantage these groups and, indeed, to actively address their unique experiences and requirements.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present new insights, learning and grounded perspectives on how digital technologies can enhance access to and engagement with mental health interventions for marginalized groups.
We welcome rigorous research contributing to this aim, across a range of study designs. Specifically, the Special Issue aims to include research focused on (but not limited to) the following populations:
- Seriously mentally ill;
- First Nations;
- Justice-involved people;
- Any other group experiencing mental health disparities compared to the general population due to political, social, cultural or psychological factors.
We encourage submissions that offer pragmatic insights and/or recommendations for future public health practice and intervention development, including, but not limited to, user-centered studies, implementation research and cost-effectiveness analyses. Research syntheses that are aligned with the Special Issue’s theme and present a coherent view of the state of knowledge and opportunities for action regarding a particular community or intervention category are also welcomed. We also encourage submissions that take a cross-disciplinary and innovative approach, drawing on expertise from diverse fields, including digital health, public and mental health, information technology, computer science and the humanities.
Dr. Yael Perry
Dr. Jennifer Nicholas
Dr. Kit Huckvale
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- digital health
- mental health
- marginalized populations
- minority populations