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I-CARE: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Appropriateness of a Digital Health Intervention for Youth Experiencing Mental Health Boarding

Leyenaar JK, Arakelyan M, Acquilano SC, Gilbert TL, Craig JT, Lee CN, Kodak SG, Ignatova E, Mudge LA, House SA, Brady RE. I-CARE: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Appropriateness of a Digital Health Intervention for Youth Experiencing Mental Health Boarding. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Mar 2:S1054-139X(23)00062-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.01.015. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36870901.

A modular digital intervention was developed to facilitate delivery of evidence-based psychosocial skills by non-mental health clinicians for youth with expressed suicidality. The paper describes pilot mixed method findings on the intervention’s effectiveness, feasibility, acceptability, and appropriateness. The intervention, I-CARE, consisted of seven modules grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and were delivered via a table computer with videos and practice activities. Licensed nursing assistants provided one-on-one supervision and facilitated the intervention. I-CARE was implemented in a pediatric hospital with 24 patients aged 12-17 years hospitalized due to suicidal ideation or attempt. Clinical outcomes were assessed by self-reported surveys at hospital admission and 24 hours before hospital discharge. Emotional distress significantly decreased after participation (6.3 points on 63-point scale). There were no significant changes in engagement readiness and illness severity. Majority of youth, caregivers and clinicians rated I-CARE as feasible (98%, N=39), acceptable (90%, N=36), and appropriate (78%, N=31). Overall, I-CARE was feasible to implement and acceptable to end-users and demonstrated preliminary positive impact on emotional distress for suicidal young people in psychiatric hospitalization.



Opinion Letter by Luke Archibald and Alan Budney: What’s the Rush On Marijuana Legalization?

Article Excerpt: There is reason for concern that legalization could have significant negative impacts on mental health and addiction in New Hampshire. To our knowledge, no major medical, mental health or public health organization supports legalization at this time. Let the surrounding states do the experiment; what’s the rush?

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Article Source: Concord Monitor


Bandu Watches Your Stress Levels: Interview with Founder, Dr. Robert Goldberg

Article Excerpt: With over 40 million Americans  suffering from a clinical anxiety disorder, technological companies such as Neumitra are motivated to measure stress in new and innovative ways.  Their new watch, called the Bandu, measures autonomic nervous system activity and can even alert individuals during their most stressful times by triggering apps on the phone to provide support and stress-reduction.

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Article Source:  Med Gadget


Mental Healthcare on the Go – There’s an App for That

Article Excerpt: Mental health problems often begin in adolescence and young adulthood and can lead to poor academic performance, social dysfunction, substance abuse and suicide.  More than ever, physicians are turning to technology to help diagnose and treat mental health disorders; young people can now use a mobile phone-based program to monitor mood, stress, and daily activities.  A group of researchers in Australia have studied the effectiveness of a mobile phone program, named ‘mobiletype’, in several studies of a cohort of participants aged 14 to 24 with at least mild mental health concerns.  Use of the ‘mobiletype’ application significantly increased emotional self-awareness in the intervention group.

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Article Source:  Brain Blogger