E-mental health involves using information and communication technologies (ICT) to support and improve mental health. It includes the use of online resources, social media and smartphone applications.
This NHS Confederation Mental Health Network paper explores how the mental health sector can exploit the opportunities offered by e-mental health. E-mental health is thought to have potential for meeting “resource challenges”, to support cultural transformation and promote a social model of health by empowering service users to exercise greater choice and control.
Examples illustrate how service users, mental health providers and other organisations are approaching the opportunities of e-mental health.
NHS Confederation (2013). E-mental health: what’s all the fuss about? London: NHS Confederation / Mental Health Network, January 2013. 8p.