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The efficacy of a text messaging intervention for anxiety and depression among young people

One of Engage Aotearoa’s recovery resources, the Small Victories challenge, was included in the pilot of a text-messaging programme for young people with depression and anxiety at Youthline. The results of the evaluation were published last year in the Children and Youth Services Review.

Abstract
Background: Depression and anxiety are among the most commonly experienced mental health issues faced by young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Considerable barriers exist that prevent young people from engaging with face-to-face mental health services. Young people’s preference for technology-based counselling mediums such as text messaging opens up new pathways for intervention. Objective: A pilot text message-based intervention package was trialed for use by young people to evaluate the potential efficacy of the text package as an intervention for depression and anxiety symptoms.
Method: The text package was piloted using a 10-week longitudinal cohort pilot with 21 young participants (12– 24 years) who demonstrated mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression symptoms.
Results: Participants’ post-package scores were significantly lower than their pre-package scores for both anxiety (Z = −2.83, p = .005, r = −0.65) and depression (Z = −2.49, p = .013, r = −.056). ‘Feeling encouraged and supported’ increased as a result of receiving support from a trained supporter (Z = −2.06, p = .039, r = −0.45), but not from friends/family (Z = −1.72, p = .130, r = −0.37). Anxiety and depression scores did not change as a result of support from either trained supporters or friends/family.
Conclusions: Findings support the potential efficacy of the text package, justify wider trials of the text package, and support the use of text message-based interventions as potentially effective therapies for young people.

Read the full-text article by David Anstiss and Amber Davies here.

Mental Health Foundation: A to Z of Mental Health

Have you seen the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s new A‒Z of mental health conditions? From anxiety to suicidal feelings, they have compiled the best-quality information about mental health conditions available in New Zealand so you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your mental health.

No one should have to go through a mental health problem alone. They believe the information in the A‒Z will help remove some of the fear and confusion that can accompany a diagnosis of mental illness, allowing individuals, families and whānau some peace of mind so they can move forward together.

Each page contains information about symptoms, causes and treatment options, and addresses some of the common myths associated with that condition. You will also find links to support groups, brochures with further information, useful links, and tips for looking after yourself. It really is a fantastic resource.

They’re still in the process of adding different conditions to the list, so check back frequently for updates. If you have any further questions, you can contact one of their fantastic information officers via the Live Chat option on their website or by emailing info@mentalhealth.org.nz

Contact: Sophia Graham, senior communications officer at the Mental Health Foundation

Two Free Engage Groups to Run in 2013

Community Mental-Health Resources Trust (CMHRT) is pleased to announce that funds have been obtained to deliver two of Engage Aotearoa Ltd’s successful Engage Group programmes for FREE at Youthline next year.

Dates for each group are still to be confirmed, but as we come to the end of one year and the start of the next, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about signing up. If you feel like anxiety has been holding you back this year, Engage Group might be just the ticket for a more empowered 2013. With two groups running, that’s 20 free opportunities to overcome anxiety in the New Year.

Visit the Engage Group Programme Information page in CMHRT’s Community Treasure Chest on the Engage Aotearoa website to find out more. Almost anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to take part.

Contact Youthline on (09) 361 4168 or email Services@youthline.co.nz to enroll on the waiting list.

And don’t forget to pass it on and spread the word – sharing is caring.

Engage Group Now FREE!!! Starts 3 October 2012

Youthline and Community Mental-Health Resources Trust are pleased to announce enrolments for Engage Group are now open for 2012 and participation is entirely free.

Spaces are limited to 8 participants – first in, first served.

Find the full information pack and eligibility criteria online here or phone Youthline for further information.

PhD Support Group at University of Auckland

PhD Support Group

University Health Services runs a PhD Support Group which is open to all doctoral students. The group aims to help students deal with the sometimes pressurised experience of completing a doctorate and who may be facing some emotional hurdles along the way.

The support group meets for 1.5 hours every 3rd Wednesday of the month and addresses coping strategies for anxiety, depression, procrastination, managing work/life balance etc.

Venue: Level 3, Room 387, Kate Edger Info Commons
Time: 10-11.30am
Contact: For more details please email the facilitator, Veneeta Prasad, Psychologist at University Health Services or Barbara Betham.