Designing Mental Health Technologies for Unaccompanied Migrant Youth

By: Franziska Tachtler
Posted on: 07-Jul-2020
Unaccompanied migrant youth, who flee to another country without their guardians are exposed to mental health difficulties.  Little research has focused on the needs of this section of society.  The video presentation of our SIGCHI CHI2020 paper "Supporting the Supporters of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth: Designing for Social-ecological Resilience" below shows how we investigated support structures that promote resilience and the complex challenges that exist. 

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What Is the future of data sharing for research?

By: Giovanna Vilaza
Posted on: 15-Jun-2020
Filed under: ESR Blog
This month I discuss health surveillance, cohort diversity and the need to genuinely care about our research participants for a blog published in the ACM Interactions online blog.   Read my full blog here:  ACM Interaction blog. 

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Believe It or Not Campaign

By: Claudette Pretorius
Posted on: 19-Mar-2020
Filed under: ESR Blog
Findings from one of our recent studies found that 80% Irish young people have used an Internet search to find more information about a mental health concern but 47% did not rate it as a trustworthy means of doing so. Our findings also showed that mental health websites were rated as the most trustworthy online resource with 39.45% indicating that found them to be trustworthy or very trustworthy.

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Considering the mental health of researchers

By: Darragh McCashin
Posted on: 29-Oct-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
Following on from hosting the 2019 MCAA General Assembly parallel session on the Mental Health of Researchers (MHR) last February, I had the honour to attend the first international conference on exclusively this topic. Representing the MHR taskforce within Policy Working Group of the MCAA, this inaugural conference was a key opportunity to learn of best practice and the latest research.

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Normalizing mental health in the refugee context and beyond

By: Franziska Tachtler
Posted on: 03-Oct-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
Refugees experience mental health issues such as nightmares, a general feeling of insecurity and the fear of unintentionally arising memories before, during and after fleeing from their country. As part of my PhD studies, I was introduced to various mental health programs that aim to reach refugee youth and provide them with learning strategies to improve their well-being. In this blog post, I wish to present programs that support young people in different contexts: on arrival in the UK, at a self-advocacy group, which also offers help with finding housing and a job, and at a clinic in London.

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Academia needs a climate change

By: Bettina Moltrecht
Posted on: 27-Sep-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
It’s Friday, the 20th of September 2019. I am sitting in the university office, finishing the last formatting requirements for a paper that I am going to submit. If accepted, it will allow me to go to a conference in a beautiful place a long way away with palm trees and lots of sunshine.

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UbiCAT at UbiComp 2019

By: Pegah Hafiz
Posted on: 19-Sep-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
It was a great opportunity for me to attend the UbiComp conference held in London. Several researchers within the field of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction attended the workshops held in conjunction with the main conference. I presented our paper in a workshop called WellComp on the design and formative evaluation of the UbiCAT applications, which I have developed and studied recently as a part of my PhD project.

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A pilot study to enhance Shared Decision-Making

By: Shaun Liverpool
Posted on: 30-Aug-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
Read Shaun Liverpool's blog on the development of trial to determine the fesaibility of a randomised control trial for Power Up for Parents: A pilot study to enhance Shared Decision-Making in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH).  

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A psychologist’s journey to co-design!

By: Bettina Moltrecht
Posted on: 17-Jul-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
The digital mental health field has looked up to her older brother[1] and asked for help:     “Why are my users not as excited about the interventions, as they are about your products? How can I make them use the app passed the two weeks benchmark? “

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Impressions from the 10th TRIPLE i conference in Piran, Slovenia

By: Anja Cus
Posted on: 27-Jun-2019
Filed under: ESR Blog
In May, I attended the 10th TRIPLE i conference in Piran, Slovenia. TRIPLE i is an international annual conference organised by the Slovene Centre for Suicide Research that aims to promote intuition, imagination and innovation in the research and prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour.

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