Tuesday 25th August 12.00pm-12.45pm.
Presented by Dr Andrew Campbell. Chair, Cyberpsychology Research Group, Senior Lecturer, and Inaugural Australasian Editor for Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
My Circles is a custom built, social network, that provides for anonymous use by young people age 13 – 25 to receive mental health support via group counselling, led by trained professionals. The design of the platform and the mental health model of care and user safety features, are world firsts in evidence based digital mental health practice. The project has been funded for the past 4 years by private industry stakeholders and in 2020 will receive a further 2 years funding from a major international health insurer. ‘My Circles’ is used by Kids Helpline, Australia’s leading provider for online mental health and telephone support for children and adolescents. This presentation will give an overview of how social networks for mental health have been problematic in safety, reach and evidence based mental health practice until recently. The talk will outline two platforms, ‘My Circles’ and Orygen’s ‘MOST’ platform, each producing evidence based models of care to provide either targeted clinical mental health support, or ongoing chronic mental health management for youth in Australia.
Bio: In 2003 Andrew was the first PhD graduate in Australia to have extensively studied why people seek to speak to strangers online about their problems rather than seek help in a face-to-face professional setting. He has since been researching and teaching in the area of Digital Mental Health, Cyberpsychology and Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health for almost 20 years. He is the Chair of Australia’s first formal Cyberpsychology Research Group located within the Faculty of Medicine & Health at The University of Sydney. Andrew is also the Inaugural Australasian Editor of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, now in its 25th year of publication.
Whilst practising as a Registered Psychologist focused on treating mental health of children and adolescents, Andrew has also been a leading researcher in Australia and overseas in the innovative use of popular technology for youth mental health. Using his clinical experience to inform research projects involving virtual reality, video games, social networking, smartphones and wearable technology to positively impact mental health outcomes of individuals and systems, Andrew has been able to work as an innovation and design partner with the Collaborative Research Centre of Young and Well (2010-2016), where in 2013 he developed national policy around using technology safely to promote young people’s mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 he formed the Cyberpsychology Research Group which has been a core research partner for such organisations as Kids Helpline, Save the Children’s Fund International, CSIRO, Family Law Court Circuit of Australia, SANE Australia, NSW Health and the Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health at Children’s Hospital Westmead.
In 2017 Andrew won the Australian Psychological Society for Outstanding Psychology Lecturer in NSW, as well as the Faculty of Health Sciences Outstanding Lecturer for teaching in Health Sciences and Cyberpsychology & eHealth. In 2018 he was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.