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Students take a mobile approach to mental health apps

London Scholars 2015

Civic Engagement

Depression is on the rise globally. To counter this, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended widespread access to cognitive behavioural therapy through computer or web-based programmes.

UEL research suggests that psychotherapy provided through a mobile app may provide “a more gentle way” to initiate therapy for individuals who have been diagnosed with depression.  

For this project, students examined how e-therapies are being used to treat the most common forms of depression.

Participants studied numerous therapies, engaged with key stakeholders and helped develop potential mobile apps.

“The project has been a very interesting experience," said student Emily Green. "I’ve gained so much more real-world understanding of the implications, in terms of discrimination, of mental health as well as how technology can possibly help to overcome that."