What do young people want from digital support? (February 2019)

Digital communication provides exciting new opportunities to engage with young people who might not otherwise make use of mental health support. To maximise this promising resource, we need a better understanding of what matters to young people in contemporary societies and how this shapes their engagement with digital resources.

Based on interviews young people in New Zealand about their priorities for digital support, this webinar will help professionals working with young people to understand what young people want from digital support.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians, professionals, researchers and managers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services.

Community leaders, politicians and administrators charged with designing, developing and establishing mental health services for young people may also find this webinar useful.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • An understanding of the potential of digital technology to reach young people in distress.
  • An overview of research on young people’s priorities for engagement with digital support.
  • Tips for using digital support in clinical practice.



Associate Professor Kerry Gibson, School of Psychology, the University of Auckland

Kerry Gibson is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She is a clinical psychologist with a strong interest in transforming mental health services to better meet the needs of contemporary youth.  Her research programme is ‘The Mirror Project’ which is designed to elicit the views of young people on issues related to their own mental health and mental health services.  She is a former president of the New Zealand Psychological Society and is broadly concerned with social justice issues affecting mental health.