There’s an app for that: context, assumptions, possibilities and potential pitfalls in the use of digital technologies to address refugee mental health

Goodman, Ruth, Tip, Linda and Cavanagh, Kate (2020) There’s an app for that: context, assumptions, possibilities and potential pitfalls in the use of digital technologies to address refugee mental health. Journal of Refugee Studies. ISSN 0951-6328

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Abstract

The number of refugees is increasing (UNHCR, 2019). The experiences of refugees are linked to impaired mental health yet, this population faces barriers to accessing mental health support (Shannon et al., 2016). Digital mental health interventions are increasingly recognised as an avenue for overcoming these barriers (WHO, 2017). The present paper begins by introducing the area of digital approaches to mental health and developments in this area targeted at refugee populations specifically. We then take a step back to look at the wider picture of refugee mental health and technology. Drawing on Toyama’s Law of Amplification (2011; 2015) - that successful technical interventions amplify the intent and the capacity of the people involved - we discuss the importance of context, exploring the assumptions, possibilities and potential pitfalls in the use of digital technologies for addressing refugee mental health. We conclude that by collaborating with refugee populations, placing them at the centre of the design process for digital mental health interventions, we stand the greatest chance of creating the most useful tools.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 06:44
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 13:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94248

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