In today’s age, we are connected to a wealth of information and resources through the Internet, which can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Children and adolescents are growing up with access to the Internet and the skills to use it – but do they have the skills and experience to find the right information?
A survey was conducted among young people, which found that when seeking help regarding life issues, they would first go to family, second to the Internet and third to a professional (Mission Australia, 2015). Therefore, there is the opportunity to use online mental health resources to support young people in a variety of modes. Online modules have been designed to provide information, connect young people with online communities, provide online counselling, and utilise smart phone apps and intervention programs that promote self-help.
The Brave Program is one of these programs, specific to young people with anxiety. The course can be completed at their own pace without assistance from a Therapist, and consists of interactive activities, quizzes and homework. Motivational enhancers are incorporated throughout. The main strategy of the program is exposure to overcome avoidance.
OCD? Not me! is a self-guided program for those young people with Obsessive-compulsive disorder. The 8-week program provides practical information and support to assist in overcoming the symptoms of OCD. A comprehensive screening is completed at the start of the course to direct them to the information that is relative to them.
Mindspot Clinic is an online course that provides online treatment for those with depression and anxiety. It is centred around wellbeing and reflects the needs of young adults and the symptoms they may be experiencing. The program aims to teach cognitive skills, communication, awareness, and relapse prevention using practical resources and lessons that can be applied in real life situations. Mindspot offers a variety of online courses based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles, and tailored for different age groups.