Special Issue e-Mental Health
The Internet and related technologies are here to stay and have opened up a ‘brave new world’, which e-mental health has eagerly embraced – especially in Australia. E-mental health refers to ‘mental health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies’. Australian mental health researchers were amongst the first to realize the potential of this area. They have developed and evaluated a number of pioneering e-treatment programs and psychoeducation websites. Australia has been responsible for around half of the world’s e-mental health programs and has produced more publications on the topic over the last decade than the rest of the world put together.
In acknowledgment of Australia’s current leading position and the fast-moving pace of this area, the ANZJP invited four leading researchers to provide their perspectives on how they see this area evolving over the next 10–15 years the results are presented in this special issue. The articles included cover diverse aspects of e-mental health, but all indicate that e-mental health will grow in importance and have major implications for the whole mental health sector.