Early intervention services have led to an improved prognosis in youth mental health treatment. However, there are major challenges to achieving the aims of early intervention. These include the long-term maintenance of treatment benefits from specialist services and the translation of symptomatic improvements into functional and social recovery. 

The E-Health Research team investigate treatment approaches including state-of-the-art online platforms and mobile applications to realise the full potential of early intervention and to bring about long-term social and functional recovery in youth mental health.

Why is this research area important?

Long-term social and functional deficits are the most resistant to treatment, the most costly, and  improvements in  social and functional outcomes  are  the most valued by patients themselves.

Key questions 

- Can we extend the benefits of specialised early intervention services into the longer term through cutting edge social media and mobile technologies?
- Can we improve quality of life, social functioning and recovery in youth mental health through novel online social media and positive psychology interventions? 
- Can we provide in real-time, tailored, context-sensitive and effective support to young people through advanced mobile applications? 

Collaborating partners

The Australian Catholic University, The University of Melbourne, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, headspace National, Deakin University, McGill University and the Telstra Foundation.