The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins has developed two new digital platforms to educate the public about mental health issues: a mobile app focused on teen depression and a website with video Q&As about mood disorders.
The app mADAP launched last fall to provide information and videos on identifying, diagnosing, and treating adolescent depression. It’s an area that needs as much attention as possible, experts say, with about 2.8 million teens who suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2014.
Users can look through symptoms, learn how to distinguish between depression and normal sadness, and find information and specific resources for professional help. The app also features videos of Johns Hopkins experts explaining different aspects of depression.
The app is a companion project to Ask Hopkins Psychiatry, a website launched last winter that allows users to anonymously submit questions about any topic concerning mood disorders and receive video responses from Hopkins experts.
A team of psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins—led by Raymond DePaulo and Kay Redfield Jamison, directors of the Mood Disorders Center—reviews the submitted questions each week to select one for a filmed response.
The goal is to provide professional advice that’s bite-sized.
Reference: Johns Hopkins Launches App, Website with Information About Mental Health Issues
Filed by June 18, 2016on