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    Moderated online social therapy for depression relapse prevention in young people: pilot study of a "next generation' online intervention
    Rice, S ; Gleeson, J ; Davey, C ; Hetrick, S ; Parker, A ; Lederman, R ; Wadley, G ; Murray, G ; Herrman, H ; Chambers, R ; Russon, P ; Miles, C ; D'Alfonso, S ; Thurley, M ; Chinnery, G ; Gilbertson, T ; Eleftheriadis, D ; Barlow, E ; Cagliarini, D ; Toh, J-W ; McAlpine, S ; Koval, P ; Bendall, S ; Jansen, JE ; Hamilton, M ; McGorry, P ; Alvarez-Jimenez, M (WILEY, 2018-08)
    AIM: Implementation of targeted e-mental health interventions offers a promising solution to reducing the burden of disease associated with youth depression. A single-group pilot study was conducted to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, usability and safety of a novel, moderated online social therapy intervention (entitled Rebound) for depression relapse prevention in young people. METHODS: Participants were 42 young people (15-25 years) (50% men; mean age = 18.5 years) in partial or full remission. Participants had access to the Rebound platform for at least 12 weeks, including the social networking, peer and clinical moderator and therapy components. RESULTS: Follow-up data were available for 39 (92.9%) participants. There was high system usage, with 3034 user logins (mean = 72.2 per user) and 2146 posts (mean = 51.1). Almost 70% of users had ≥10 logins over the 12 weeks, with 78.5% logging in over at least 2 months of the pilot. A total of 32 (84%) participants rated the intervention as helpful. There was significant improvement between the number of participants in full remission at baseline (n = 5; none of whom relapsed) relative to n = 19 at 12-week follow-up (P < 0.001). Six (14.3%) participants relapsed to full threshold symptoms at 12 weeks. There was a significant improvement to interviewer-rated depression scores (Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS); P = 0.014, d = 0.45) and a trend for improved strength use (P = 0.088, d = 0.29). The single-group design and 12-week treatment phase preclude a full understanding of the clinical benefits of the Rebound intervention. CONCLUSIONS: The Rebound intervention was shown to be acceptable, feasible, highly usable and safe in young people with major depression.
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    Supported decision-making from the perspectives of mental health service users, family members supporting them and mental health practitioners
    Kokanovic, R ; Brophy, L ; McSherry, B ; Flore, J ; Moeller-Saxone, K ; Herrman, H (SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 2018-09)
    BACKGROUND: Supporting the decision-making of mental health service users fulfils professional, ethical and moral obligations of mental health practitioners. It may also aid personal recovery. Previous research on the effectiveness of supported decision-making interventions is limited. AIMS: The study aims to explore from several perspectives the barriers and facilitators to supported decision-making in an Australian context. Supported decision-making was considered in terms of interpersonal experiences and legal supported decision-making mechanisms. METHODS: In all, 90 narrative interviews about experiences of supported decision-making were conducted and analysed. Participants were mental health service users who reported diagnoses of schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder and severe depression; family members supporting them and mental health practitioners, including psychiatrists. The data were analysed thematically across all participants. RESULTS: Negative interpersonal experiences in the mental health care system undermined involvement in decision-making for people with psychiatric diagnoses and family carers. Mental health practitioners noted their own disempowerment in service systems as barriers to good supported decision-making practices. All groups noted the influence of prevailing attitudes towards mental health service users and the associated stigma and discrimination that exist in services and the broader community. They believed that legal supported decision-making mechanisms facilitate the participation of mental health service user and their family supporters in supported decision-making. CONCLUSIONS: Enabling supported decision-making in clinical practice and policy can be facilitated by (1) support for good communication skills and related attitudes and practices among mental health practitioners and removing barriers to their good practice in health and social services and (2) introducing legal supported decision-making mechanisms.