SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology)
When I started working in mental health services, what motivated me was the opportunity to empower people with serious mental illness to manage their own mental health problems. - Neil Thomas, Principal Investigator
The SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) Research Program is investigating how digital technology can be integrated within mental health services for people with serious mental illness.
Central to this has been the idea that digital technology provides a means of empowering consumers in promoting their own recovery, and empowering mental health staff with tools to help them.
Through consultation with consumers, workers and carers, we have developed an online resource to be used on tablet computers during consultations between mental health workers and their clients, as well as being accessible by consumers at home or on a mobile phone. This provides resources, exercises and tools to promote personal recovery.
We have been particularly interested in using the site to promote learning from others with shared experiences of mental health problems, via both videoed interviews and ongoing discussion among users of the site. We hope that this will provide useful materials for mental health workers to use in structuring discussions about personal recovery with consumers.
The SMART Research Program has been funded by the Victorian Department of Health Mental Illness Research Fund and is being led by Dr Neil Thomas at Swinburne University of Technology in partnership with the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Alfred Health, Mind Australia, NorthWestern Mental Health, St Vincent’s Mental Health, and La Trobe and Deakin universities.
We are currently running a number of research projects making use of the resources we have develop to find out what the effects of using them are, and how such resources can be integrated into healthcare.
Over the course of 2015 - 2016 we will be looking for people who have experienced psychosis to participate in these research projects.
If you would like more information about the SMART project or would like to be involved in research, please contact Project Manager Fiona Foley on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9214 5304.