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DIGITAL DOG IS A RESEARCH GROUP WITHIN THE BLACK DOG INSTITUTE WORKING TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. IT HAS 5 MAIN AREAS:

Interventions to lower depression, lower suicide risk and promote wellbeing. The group builds and tests web and mobile phone applications for mental health.

Social media as an indicator of mental health risk. Researchers are interested in establishing the validity of social media as an indicator of health risk.
– Twitter
– Blogs

Mobile phones as pervasive devices to measure mental health. The aim here is to use the interconnectivity and sensors on a mobile phone to measure mental health, and online and offline connectivity to other mobile phones and people.

Harnessing technology to prevent mental health problems in schools. The school is an ideal environment to deliver prevention programs at appropriate transitions. This program aims to deliver prevention programs through games, apps and websites, and to bring together information from social media, self report, genetics and pervasive devices to develop a rich data set for the future.


Public documents to promote the usefulness and cost effectiveness of e-health technologies for Australia.