Bridging the digital disconnect

The Bridging the Digital Disconnect Report was launched at ReachOut.com’s Technology
for WellBeing Conference 2013.

This report presents the findings of the first part of a three-year research project.

Digital DisconnectResearchers worked with parents, teachers, health professionals and youth workers to find out what their needs are to supporting young people’s mental health.

They also explored how technology could support them in understanding and responding to any youth mental health needs.

Who was behind it?

The research project was carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway and ReachOut.com/Inspire Ireland in collaboration with Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre in Australia.

The study

Bridging the Digital Disconnect reports the findings of an extensive needs assessment carried out with parents of young people.

This assessment looked at parents’ views regarding the use of technology, their current use of technology and what they need to help them support their children’s mental health.

355 parents participated via postal questionnaire and 32 (of the 355) parents participated in focus groups.

Key findings

The research found that 70% of parents were likely or very likely to look for help on the internet if their child was going through a tough time. Receiving mental health information from a website was the second most frequently requested information source after a leaflet.

These finding led us to develop this site, www.reachoutparents.com. Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated about any news or ways to get involved.

Download Bridging-the-digital-disconnect (840 KB) for the full report.

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