There is a huge amount of mental health information available on apps and the internet. Research suggests that some people like using these online tools as they can help remove barriers to other help options (such as the time and cost it takes to access appointments). However, there is still a lot to learn about what digital mental health options work, who uses them, and what opportunities there are to improve them.
Te Hiringa Hauora commissioned Victoria University of Wellington’s Digital Mental Health Lab to help us answer these questions. A stock take of currently available digital tools is also provided.
We hope that this report can help improve the way that online information and help options are offered to better meet the needs of communities.