Illness self-management is a broad term referring to a range of psychosocial interventions, which aim to empower people to manage their own mental health.
- psychological (talking) therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy
- skills-based interventions such as mindfulness training
- self-guided online and mobile app-based interventions
- bio- and neurofeedback-based interventions
- peer-to-peer interventions, such as peer support and online peer communities.
Our use of the term illness self-management rather than psychological therapy reflects that significant innovation in this field is extending beyond the traditional format of face-to-face talking based therapies. Additionally, as our population ages, we have an accompanying increased proportion of people living with chronic medical conditions, the concept of self-management is of growing importance to medical illnesses as well as mental health.
Online and mobile interventions are a key growth area in mental health, and in promoting self-management of chronic medical problems. This field provides options for more widespread implementation of health interventions than has been achieved through traditional psychotherapies.
Interventions are evolving from web-based self-help programs, through programs for mobile phone devices, to interventions that integrate mobile apps with phone-based and wearable sensors.
We have a significant record in leading e-therapy research here at Swinburne.
Mental Health Online
Since 2008 Swinburne has run the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC), funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, which administers a comprehensive web-based e-therapy platform called Mental Health Online (MHO).
Mental Health Online provides free self-help and free therapist-assisted programs for a range of mental health concerns. Our online assessment can help you to identify some of the difficulties you may be experiencing and recommend the next steps.
We currently offer free self-help programs for:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.