Developing a digital mental health tool for young people on wait-lists awaiting psychological treatment (young participants)

The purpose of this study is to gather insights and the 'needs and wants' from young people with lived experiences of psychological distress.

What's involved?

If you choose to participate you will be asked to attend a one-hour recorded interview session via video-conferencing software such as Zoom or telephone.

The interview will be conducted in a semi-structured manner, and the questions will be focused on your views on what support is needed and whether a digital tool might be useful to help people who are waiting for psychological support to help them deal with distress and/or past Adverse Childhood Experience(s). 

The explicit focus of the interviews is on identifying what kind of support is important, desirable and whether that support can be provided and augmented using a digital tool. We want to know what you retrospectively believe may have been useful for you. 

To thank you for your time and effort, you will be offered a koha ($50 Prezzy Card). 

Eligibility criteria

We are looking for participants who:

  • are aged 16-26,
  • are willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study, and
  • have experienced waiting for (and then receiving) psychological treatment for mental health distress, of which Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may or may not be an element.

Contact details

Student Researcher

Melody Kim
Department of Psychological Medicine

Lead Supervisor

Dr Karolina Stasiak
Department of Psychological Medicine

Further information

Approved by the Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee on 18/08/22 for three years.

Reference number AH24606.