ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

MEMO was created to help adolescents to live positively with mobile phones

Depressive disorder in adolescence is common, disabling, and heightens the risk of suicide. Preventing the onset of depression may prevent a lifetime of mental health issues and health service utilization.

There is growing evidence that prevention programs based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective. These can be targeted at those at ‘high risk’ or made available for all (universal). Universal prevention programs do not run the risk of identifying or stigmatizing individuals, but tend to be resource intensive and difficult to scale up.

We set out to develop a universal depression prevention program for adolescents that is delivered solely via their mobile phones. The program is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and was developed by experts in adolescent psychiatry and psychology. Key CBT messages are delivered via video diary style messages from ‘ordinary’ teenagers talking about issues and events in their lives, and the strategies they used to change the way they think about those events in order to be more positive.

via MEMO was created to help adolescents to live positively with mobile phones.


2 comments on “MEMO was created to help adolescents to live positively with mobile phones

  1. Deborah Bartelt
    January 27, 2013

    I have used a number of apps to help adolescents and they can be valuable tools!

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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