News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


World-first programme to help fight depression

Press Release
August 19, 2009
For Immediate Release

World-first digital application used to help reduce impact of depression

In a world first, Lifeline Aotearoa has developed a web-cam support service to help young people with depression, in addition to existing online, phone and text-based support linked to the Ministry of Health funded interactive website www.thelowdown.co.nz.

“We wanted to talk to young people in a way they understand, and in today’s world that means online. thelowdown.co.nz text and email support services have already proved to be hugely popular so we hope young people will respond well to this innovative new service” says Dylan Norton, thelowdown.co.nz E-Team Leader, of the digital one-on-one service.

By using basic counselling techniques, providing resources and information and helping with strategies to deal with individual problems, the new web-cam support will help young people experiencing mild to moderate depression. More serious cases are directed to appropriate local support services.

“This online service will make it easy for young people to get help wherever they are. New Zealand has a large rural community and for young people in more remote areas this service will be a great benefit and easily accessible,” says Norton.

Another aspect of the webcam service is structured sessions that have been designed to coach people in problem solving skills. Research has shown that applying problem solving strategies can have a positive effect on people’s moods.

Each web-cam session is 30-40 minutes long and features training modules which use case studies to demonstrate principles and interactive role playing with the participant. After each session a synopsis of the module is sent to the participant via email.

Session one involves defining the problem, listing and then considering solutions. The second session focuses on selecting the best solution, planning steps to carry out the solution and ways to start and review progress.

“It’s all experienced in real-time and aimed at teaching young people the problem-solving tools to support their mental health,” explains Norton.

The web-cam support sessions can be either two-way, where the participant and thelowdown.co.nz team member can see each other, or one-way, where only the team member is visible. Sessions can be done with a standard internet connection, with dial-up. The web-cam can be turned off and text chat can be used if no microphone is available, to accommodate for all levels of internet connection.

thelowdown.co.nz webcam support facility uses an online learning software developed in America. It’s a dynamic, interactive environment, which is complementary to traditional face-to-face counselling. This technology has effectively been used in therapeutic environments and by the US military but has not been previously used to help people experiencing depression. The problem solving content for thelowdown.co.nz web-cam support was developed with Dr. Simon Hatcher, University of Auckland

It’s easy. Simply email thelowdown.co.nz team on webcam@thelowdown.co.nz to book into a session, currently available between 5pm – 9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. They will then email you an invitation link prior to the session.

Thelowdown.co.nz webcam support - getting New Zealand’s youth to a better place.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news