Adaptation of mental health programs for online dissemination

[Speaker] Chan, Tsz Ying Amy:1
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

With the ubiquity of the internet connectivity nowadays, the advance in technology present promising possibilities of reducing mental illness burden in a potentially more cost-effective and efficient way. Despite the seemingly universal adoption of social media and internet-of-things, different cultures and regions present their unique challenges which researchers may need to attend to when developing online interventions. Through our series of online intervention studies falling on a spectrum from mental health promotion, prevention of common mental disorders, to early intervention for individuals with common mental disorders, this presentation will illustrate our experiences on adapting interventions to fit local needs as well as how the fast-changing technology compels the evolution of these online programs to keep pace with users' expectations.
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