NZ Government setting up Social Media Innovations Fund for Youth Mental Health services

2 weeks ago the New Zealand Prime Minister announced a new funding package aimed at helping youth mental health services ‘modernize’ in order to target their demographic more appropriately.
Here what the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (www.aicafmha.net.au) said about the announcement:

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, announced a modernised mental health initiative aimed at targeting youth through social media. The $62 million package intends to ensure young people with mental health problems receive better, faster and more modern help. “We need to lift our game to keep up with these kids, who are quickly adopting new technology like Smartphones or using Twitter and Facebook,” said Key. The Government is setting up a Social Media Innovations Fund to help keep providers of youth services technologically up to date. Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s senior science advisor, said targeting young people online is the key to tackling mental health issues. “E-therapies are as effective for mild and moderate mental disorders, and in fact much more cost effective and equally as effective as intervention.”

It’s great to see healthcare adapting to the modern age of smart phones and social networks in order to become more relatable and in-turn more accessible to the people they are trying to help.

the full article can be found here:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/pm-announces-youth-mental-health-package-4816767

Brock

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