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Feedback

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Photo Credit: cali.org via Compfight cc

This week, we thought it might be interesting to share some of the feedback we are getting from users and how this is informing changes we are making to the sova sites.

Last year, Theresa wrote and then recently reposted a brief overview of all the different types of helping professionals who can help to treat mental illness called, “What do all these letters mean?” – referring to the post-nominal letters after a professional’s name like PhD.

We received several comments on that article letting us know it was helpful but that young people especially wanted to know more information and details. Our new research assistant, Amie, set to work. At first she created a table which looked great on word but blurry in wordpress. We have started using piktochart, an infographic design app, for a newsletter we send out to research participants. We thought – why not try making a more interesting looking infographic instead of a table? Infographics look great and seem to be more engaging, grabbing a user’s attention in a fun way. Although as Amie will tell you, they do require some time and perseverance!

These articles were published yesterday on sova and wisesova with the infographics.

What do you think? Feel free to comment below or email us! We value you this group as our stakeholders and welcome any advice! Thank you!

SOVA updates

This week we tried out using a more provocative title on our sites, “When I grow up, I don’t want to be like you.” This title is meant to grab the reader’s attention, but the context of the article is bringing up the issue of worrying you will “turn into” a relative who has a similar problem with mental illness. We hope the article makes readers think about how they are a unique individual and even though mental illness can run in families, they are the captain of their own ship. In addition for adolescents, if they are in treatment, it is likely that they are receiving it earlier than their relatives did – as it takes an average of 10 years! to get into treatment for mental illness.  Check out these posts on our adolescent site, sova.pitt.edu and on our parent site, wisesova.pitt.edu.

In other news, SOVA is now on Instagram! If you have an account, please follow us at sovaproject.

 

Share our posts!

If you are someone who likes to share blog articles you enjoy with your social network, feel free to look through our articles on sova.pitt.edu (intervention site for adolescents) and wisesova.pitt.edu (intervention site for parents).  We were excited to share with you a couple weeks ago the reasons we opened up our blogs so that anyone can read the articles. If they would like to comment, then they have to log-in and enter the study.  The current phase of the study is to get feedback on the sites to continue to improve them, and to build our user community.

We’ve added easy to use share buttons at the bottom of each blog article, so feel free to share away even if you are not in the study! Thanks for your continued support!

We have news!

Anyone can look through and read all the blog articles on sova and wisesova!

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Photo Credit: SubtlePanda via Compfight cc

This week, we opened our sites so that the blog post articles are no longer log-in only.  This means if you go to our site for adolescents (sova.pitt.edu) or our site for parents (wisesova.pitt.edu), anyone can look through and read all the blog articles. Also if anyone would like to subscribe to receive the daily blog articles, they can enter their name in the subscribe box on the homepages of each site.

So when do you have to log-in? How do people enter the study?

If someone would like to comment, then they will have to log in. If it is their first time to log in, they will have to register. They will have to wait until our study team approves them as a user after registering before they can log on to the site.  Depending on the phase of our study, they may  or may not qualify as a user since all non-team users are currently part of our study.

What phase of the study are you in?

Right now we are still testing both sites for feasiblity. That means we are trying to answer: will people use them? will they like them? how can we make them better? After we complete our recruitment goals for that study, we will move to the next phase of growing the online community.  We will let you know when that happens!

Why does this matter to me?

Now anyone can feel free to explore the sites!

Why did you make this change?

Making the SOVA websites is an iterative process. This means we learn what users want – make the changes – then we again ask the users what they like what they don’t like or we see which parts of the site they use and don’t use – and make more changes…over and over again. The current user feedback has led us to changing the site to be more engaging by opening up the blog articles while still making sure parts of the site are anonymous – by asking users to log-in to view others’ comments.

How can I help get the word out about sovaproject?

Feel free to share articles on your social media which speak to you!

Feel free to recommend articles you read and like to your family, friends, colleagues, patients, clients!

Like us on Facebook!

Also, feel free to give us feedback on articles by emailing us at socialmediastudy@chp.edu!

Thanks for reading!

Presenting for the first time ever, the SOVAProject Video!

Have you heard about the PInCh award? This year the University of Pittsburgh is sponsoring its 4th innovation challenge. During Round 1, teams are asked to submit a 2 minute video to:

  1. define a vital health problem
  2. propose a bold solution
  3. introduce our team members

This was tricky! but we managed to put it all together. My favorite part of this video is the clips of all of our wonderful team members – I am very proud and grateful for you all! This year Katrina has done an excellent job maintaining the SOVAproject blog to keep our stakeholders up to date with our progress and with interesting news about mental health in adolescents and technology.

Check it out below and let us know if you have any feedback! Wish us luck!

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

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Two weeks ago SOVA was excited and honored to share a little bit of our project during the Health 2.0 event titled “Behavioral Health and Disruptive Technology Innovations” organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Contemporary Craft.  What a great opportunity! We were so lucky to be able to learn about other behavioral health technology innovations and able to meet and learn about a number of different agencies and individuals doing such amazing work in behavioral health right here in Pittsburgh.

This event was held around an exhibition currently on display at Contemporary Craft in the Pittsburgh Strip District called “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”. This free (yes, free!) exhibition is a must-see for any local Allegheny county residents. From the website, the project describes this experience:

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions through the inclusion of artworks made by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness.

This exhibition will be on until March 12, 2016 at Contemporary Craft in the strip district of Pittsburgh (2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), and can be seen  Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  But this is worth checking out sooner rather than later!

At SOVA we  know stigma and isolation are just some of the barriers those with mental illness face to getting the treatment they deserve, and creativity is one great way to break down and explore these barriers and encourage self-expression.  We immediately felt connected with this Mindful Project, as we also have a mission  break down barriers of isolation and stigma through peer connections and factual mental health information on our moderated social media websites. We look forward to continuing to learn and grow from other innovative behavioral health innovations as well as creative projects such as Mindful.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Collaboration Projects Coming Soon…

Hi everyone!

Pretty soon we will be unrolling some projects on the collaboration page. Expect to see a wiki-style space for working together on various activities. We plan to keep this fairly private in that those who are interested in participating will need to use the password sent in our weekly emails to access to the collaborative aspects of our site.  If you don’t already receive weekly emails, please email
socialmediastudy@chp.edu and let us know. We also plan to keep all related posts private and only visible to the collaborators. We are super excited to take this next step, as the success of our work is extremely dependent upon your support and feedback.

Stay tuned and we look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Lights

Just in time for Spring– Growing our Peer Community

Greetings and Happy Thursday!

Thanks so much for all of the feedback we have gotten on the site and our latest posts.  As we continue to work out the kinks, it’s super helpful to hear about your thoughts or any issues you may find.

Next week we will begin an exciting new phase of our project– participant recruitment!  One important part of SOVA and WiseSOVA is the community of peers who have experienced depression themselves or been a parent of a child who has experienced it.  With the help of this peer community, we will be able to best tailor the content and design of the site for our intended site users.  We hope that when we start using the website for the research study, we will have built an active peer community of partners that can provide a helping hand to those currently experiencing problems with depression.

We still have many questions like, can we engage more people in discussion if we write about depression in different ways?  For example, sharing someone’s personal story vs. discussing more general ideas of what experiencing such an issue can be like.

Next week we start recruiting from the Adolescent Clinic and we are excited to learn what happens.  Stay tuned as we begin building our community!

TREES

Please meet SOVA and WiseSOVA

Greetings!

We are super excited to have both our SOVA site as well as its sister site, WiseSOVA .  Feel free to check them out, but please don’t try to register on the site – still working out some tweaks!  Before we get started with unraveling  our projects, we wanted to give you a taste of how we plan to use each site.

SOVA

Our plan is to create a peer network of adolescent and young adults (AYA) with a history of depression and treatment that are interested in helping other adolescents currently struggling with depression and trying to decide whether to get treatment.  We would like  to develop a repository of AYA-created personal stories and education that we can use to continuously update the website design.

WiseSOVA

Similar to the SOVA site, our plan is to create a peer network of parents interested in helping other parents with adolescents with depression.  We will be developing another repository of parent-created personal stories and education.

Periodically, we will also ask for feedback on some of our latest website-related projects:

  • Testing of possible website designs
  • Forming a user community
  • Creating content for the website
  • Participating in a satisfaction survey on SOVA involvement

 

We hope to start recruiting interested peers in the beginning of March and will continue to update you and ask for your valued input on how this process is going!

We are looking forward to having you on board and can’t wait to start collaborating!

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We Are Going Live!

After months of hard work and research, we are thrilled to announce that we are finally going live!

Orange Desk 2.12.15

We will be using this site to post updates on our project, share the latest findings in mental health research, distribute relevant articles we find compelling, and keep you abreast of any upcoming events we hear about. Coming soon, we will be posting various projects to the site that we would love your help with.  All of our collaboration can be done right through the site.  For quick updates on what we are working on, follow us on Twitter @sova_project.  If you’d like to be on our mailing list, please email us.