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Technology for Wellbeing 2014

The second annual Technology for Wellbeing Conference took place on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

MC for the conference, Conall O Móráin 

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome address

  • Elaine Geraghty, CEO, / Inspire Ireland
  • Gerry Raleigh, Director, Health Service Executive, National Office for Suicide Prevention

10.00 – 11.00 Plenary 1

  • Dr Brian O’Neill, Head of the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology
    “Making the most of digital opportunities”
  • Dr Rachel O’Connell, and internet safety expert
    “Future proofing effective wellbeing initiatives in a connected world”
  • Panel discussion: Dr Brian O’Neill, Dr Rachel O’Connell, joined by Colman Noctor, St Patrick’s MHS

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 12.30 Plenary 2

  • Professor Ella Arensman,National Suicide Research Foundation, UCC “Improving the care of people with depression and preventing suicidal behaviour via e-self-management”
  • Colin Healy, Social Entrepeneur
    “Break through for life app”
  • Harry McCann, Digital Youth Council

12.30 – 1.00 Parents launch by Minister Lynch

1 – 1.45  Lunch

1.45 – 3.15 Parallel sessions x 3

3.15 – 3.30 Coffee

3.30 – 4.30 Plenary 3

  • Simon Grehan, Webwise the internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
    “Preventing cyberbullying by fostering positive whole-school strategies”
  • Sarah Jackson, Wellbeing@School Programme Manager,, Australia
    “Wellbeing@School: Supporting whole school communities to foster wellbeing. An Australian approach”
  • Jennifer Ryan, My Life Solutions
    “MyLife Solutions and SuperMe App”

4.30 – 5.00 Panel discussion

  • Plenary speakers joined by Dr John Sharry, Silvercloud Health and Parents Plus.

Full conference programme and abstracts from parallel sessions here.

Parallel sessions

Innovation in service delivery

The running order for presentations in the “Innovation in service delivery” parallel session at the Technology for Well-Being Conference 2014.  13.45 – 14.00 Dr Gary O’Reilly, UCD Pesky gNATs! A computer assisted cognitive behaviour therapy intervention for young people with anxiety or depression .pdf (734KB) 14.00 – 14.15 Fenella Murphy, Ireland Recharge Self-directed smartphone application to improve well-being in Ireland and Australia ‘Recharge’- Self directed online intervention to improve young men’s mental health in Ireland and Australia .pdf (1.29MB) 14.15 – 14.30 Dr Gavin Doherty, SilverCloud SilverCloud Health Making space for healthy minds .pdf (700KB) 14.30 -14.45 Kay Hickey, University of Limerick E-nurse Mental Health on the internet .pdf (1.46 MB) 14.45 – 15.00 Eoin O’Shea, Turn2me The development of structured online support groups for depression and generalised anxiety disorder 15.00- 15.15 Discussion

End-user participation

The running order for presentations in the “End-user participation and engagement” parallel session at the Technology for Well-Being Conference 2014.  13.45 – 14.00 Conall Tunney, UCD Apps. “If they’re bad I delete them”: Taking children’s perspectives on board in the development of the Pesky Gnats CBT computer game and smartphone app Apps. “If they’re bad I delete them” .pdf (734KB) 14.00 – 14.15 Des O’Mahony, Trinity College, Dublin Modelling the relationships between experience, variety of technology use and technology anxiety.pdf (2.28MB) 14.15 – 14.30 Krystian Fikert, MyMind MyMind online – providing mental healthcare in a non-traditional environment .pdf (2.49MB) 14.30 -14.45 Fiona Kennedy, Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers Blog Look up or look down? Social media and mental health .pdf (951KB) 14.45 – 15.00 Noel Kelly, CAST Film Project CAST film festival – technology to promote well-being .pdf (608KB) 15.00- 15.15 Discussion

Research and evaluation

The running order for presentations in the “Research and evaluation” parallel session at the Technology for Well-Being Conference 2014.  13.45 – 14.00 Dr Darren Roddy and Dr Francesco Amico, Wicklow Mental Health Services Using computerised facial affect recognition to improve diagnosis in psychiatry .pdf (1.71MB) 14.00 – 14.15 Dr Melvyn Zhang, National Healthcare Group, Singapore Mental health wellness smartphone application – a new initiative for primary care providers .pdf (1.92MB) 14.15 – 14.30 Patricia Cooney, UCD The design of a technology based cognitive behaviour therapy (cbt) intervention delivered through a computer game for adults with an intellectual disability (ID) and anxiety or depression .pdf (2.38MB) 14.30 -14.45 Aislinn Bergin, University of Chester The dichotomies within e-mental health research .pdf (1.83MB) 14.45 – 15.00 Gillian Karwig, National Suicide Research Foundation Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy interventions outcomes of a systematic review and implications for internet based self help preogrammes for depression .pdf (1.12MB) 15.00- 15.15 Discussion