TEAM ITN (Technology-Enabled Mental Health for Young People) will train the next generation of researchers to lead Youth Mental Health (YMH) services into the future.
Our focus is on the design, development and evaluation of new technology-enabled mental health services.
Research shows that untreated mental health difficulties in early life are associated with at least a threefold increase in odds of having a mental health disorder in later life. Early research, including key contributions by TEAM ITN members, has demonstrated significant potential for technology-enabled YMH.
Our research program is built around four key research objectives (ROs), focused around key challenges in improving YMH services. We will deliver new technologies that support rapid, large-scale, and early assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people.
- RO1: Development of automated, technology-enabled assessment tools for improved early diagnosis and intelligent on-going assessment of mental-health difficulties in young people. (WP1: Assess)
- RO2: Design of technology-enabled programs that help to prevent mental health difficulties by empowering young people and helping to build resilience and care for their own mental health, thus reducing the incidence of mental health difficulties. (WP2: Prevent)
- RO3: Development of technology-enabled tools that support improved access to effective, engaging and evidencebased treatments that are adaptable and involve a wider range of care providers (WP3: Treat)
- RO4: Investigation of key policy areas in relation to the delivery of technology-enabled mental health, including shared decision-making, open data and legal and ethical frameworks (WP4: Policy).
TEAM ITN integrates an interdisciplinary and intersectoral research program into 4 research work packages. Each WP promotes state of the art in its area by exploring new technology-enabled assessment techniques; prevention programmes; treatment programmes; policy for technology-enabled mental health. WPs are run in parallel, informed by networking and dissemination activities bringing Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)/supervisors together across WPs.
Building on these core objectives a number of key themes also run through our research programme. Previous research has identified two critical challenges for technologies-enabled mental health services. How can technology a) increase access to services, and b) help people to engage more successfully with services?
The TEAM ITN research program addresses these challenges in an integrated manner, delivering new technology-enabled services that are both widely accessible and engaging for young people.