Head to Health: Australia’s New Digital Mental Health Gateway

The 2018 International Mental Health Conference is almost upon us again, this year the conference will be held over the 8th – 10th August at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and latest policies.

Ms Heidi Sturk, Deputy Director, eMHPrac, Queensland University of Technology joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Head to Health: Australia’s New Digital Mental Health Gateway’.

Abstract

Introduction/Background
Head to Health is a digital mental health gateway launched by the Australian Government in October 2017(headtohealth.gov.au). It links Australians to online and phone mental health services appropriate for their individual needs. Services and resources listed on Head to Health are delivered by trusted mental health service providers. They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services that are private and secure. Head to Health is not only helpful when seeking support for a mental health condition, it also provides information about staying mentally well.
Methods
Head to Health was developed in collaboration with the community, the mental health sector and the Department of Health. E-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) is a government-funded project which aims to increase practitioner awareness and use of digital mental health. eMHPrac has been promoting Head to Health as part of their national promotion and training work.
Results
Head to Health currently has 376 digital mental health services and sources funded by the Government. These resources are evidence-based and peer-reviewed to ensure both health providers and people with mental health needs and their carers have access to the best information online. This presentation will demonstrate the site and explain useful features. It will also present details of promotion activities, usage figures since the launch and feedback from training participants.
Conclusion
The availability and diversity of digital mental health is continuing to grow and has an important role within our mental health service provision model. The establishment of a gateway is a significant step which allows Australians to have quick and easy access to mental health support.

Biography

Heidi Sturk is the Project Manager of eMHPrac (e-Mental Health in Practice). This federally funded project provides training and support on digital mental health resources to Allied Health Practitioners, General Practitioners and service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Heidi has a Masters in Organisational Psychology and has worked on a range of mental health projects over the past 20 years.

For further information on the 19th International Mental Health Conference and to secure your spot please visit anzmh.asn.au/conference