• How does an Occupational Therapist in an acute mental health setting use e-MH?

    1. How does an OT working in an acute mental health setting use e-MH resources?

    • Incorporate into everyday practice – eg. The promotion model
    • Use as psycho-education resource for patients and carers
    • Use e-MH as tool for engagement with patients
    • As part of groups
    • Empower people to make their own choices, and empower staff
    • Provide guidance on where to go and what to use online

    2. What types of e-MH tools and resources do you use with your clients?

    We are still investigating this as the project is in its early stages. Initially I think we will favour the online self-guided programs to recommend to people to be able to use on discharge from hospital.

    We will also use the online information sites to show to people and refer them to for reliable recommended information.

    We’ll refer patients and carers to the online peer support groups as well.

    3. How do you use them with your clients?

    Initially as our project is in its early stages it will be in a promotional phase, so very much in category 1 (promotion).

    Later as our project progresses it will work through the later stages of the model particularly for some professions such as psychology who may integrate it more into daily practice.

    4. What benefits does using e-MH bring to your practice?

    I think the main advantage is that it opens up a huge range of appropriate, evidenced based resources for incorporation into everyday practice.

    It also provides us with a way of communicating with people, particularly the youth that is age and culturally appropriate.

    5. Have there been any obstacles to using e-MH with clients and if so how did you overcome them?

    Yes. As an inpatient unit we have had to look at a range of issues. Firstly, in purchasing appropriate devices for the wards and we are still working through the process of gaining internet access in our inpatient unit for patients to access. Our project is a trial before introducing eMH on all our inpatient units.

    We are also developing OH&S guidelines around infection control, manual handling, risk assessment, etc in order to use electronic devices on acute inpatient units.

    6. How long have you been practicing as an OT in mental health?

    22 years

    7. What tips can you give to colleagues who are thinking about using e-MH resources?

    Definitely go through MindHealthConnect and the eMHPrac site. This provided us with all the info we needed and a structure from which to begin.

    It gave us access to all the info we needed and set out in a structure that made it easy to make recommendations.

    Using the recommendations from MindHealthConnect, the eMHPrac printable brochures and Beacon it made it very clear what resources existed and were evidence based and appropriate.

    The eMHPrac webinars were also good in reinforcing the message and getting to see the people who developed the apps talk about the programs.

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