Menzies launches distribution of the mental health app
[supplied by Menzies School of Health and Research]
Menzies’ Aboriginal and Islander Mental Health Youth Initiative launch reception.
Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has launched a project which supports youth services in the Northern Territory and South Australia to use a newly developed early intervention digital mental health tool co-designed by young people, Aboriginal Elders and clinicians.
The Aboriginal and Islander Mental Health Initiative for Youth (AIMhi-Y) program began in 2018. Its development has been supported by the NTPHN and the Northern Territory Government, including through work with government school students.
The next phase of the program is a 3-year project, supported by a grant from the Australian Government. The funding will enable youth services to include the newly developed AIMhi-Y smartphone app in treatment and support programs for young people.
Services supporting young people in the Northern Territory and South Australia can join the project by getting in touch with Menzies AIMhi Stay Strong team or emailing email@example.com
A pilot study of the AIMhi-Y app, supported by Suicide Prevention Australia, included 30 young people from Darwin and demonstrated the potential of the app as an early intervention mental health treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
Developed in the NT, the AIMhi-Y app utilises a fun, engaging and gamified interface, and includes content which is grounded in cultural and medical knowledge. This ensures the app is responsive, relevant, clinically informed and empowers young people dealing with mental health challenges. An Indigenous Youth Reference Group and a Project Advisory Group have helped to inform the design to make sure the tool is fit for purpose.
This project has received wide support from many schools and health services in the Northern Territory.
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