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SOVA Feasibility Study

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We are excited to announce that we are now in our recruitment phase of the Supporting Our Valued Adolescents (SOVA) feasibility study!  In this phase of the SOVA project we are hoping to find if it is realistic to recruit an online community of 100 users to each of our sites.  This would mean 100 adolescents on our SOVA site and 100 parents of adolescents on our wiseSOVA site.

We will be recruiting:

Adolescents/Young Adults (sova.pitt.edu):

  • 14-26 years old
  • experienced symptoms of anxiety and/or depression now or in the past
  • not have current active suicidal thoughts (have a plan to act on these thoughts) or past suicide attempts

Parents (wisesova.pitt.edu):

  • Has an adolescent/young adult (ages 14-26) who has experienced symptoms of anxiety and/or depression now or in the past

In order to sign up all participants will need to do is register through our sites:

SOVA: https://sova.pitt.edu/new-user-registration

wiseSOVA: https://wisesova.pitt.edu/new-user-registration/

Here’s how you can help spread the word!

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  • Talk with your colleagues and friends about the study

 

Culture’s Role in Identifying and Treating Depression

Hi, Friends!

As public health advocates, we are constantly concerned  with cultural competencies and addressing the unique needs of those we serve.  The Kaiser Health News recently published an article that showcases culture’s role in identifying depression and seeking treatment.  Research has shown that Asian Americans are more likely to consider suicide than their white counterparts.  Depression among this frequently overlooked and understudied population segment is particularly challenging due to the cultural barriers that stand in the way of diagnosing and treating the condition.  The article notes that depression is often not seen as a brain disease and is typically stigmatized due to the high standards that are set within the culture.  The author illustrates this through an incredibly poignant story of an adolescent Asian American girl’s struggle with depression and the challenges she faced when confronting her family regarding her mental health needs.

Please take a look and share your thoughts on issues you have faced relating to cultural competencies and overlooked and under-served population segments.

Lastly, don’t forget about our collaboration page and please provide us with your feedback whenever you have a moment!

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Photo credit: http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/when-depression-and-cultural-expectations-collide/

Using Crowdsourcing in Online Social Networks to Combat Depression

Greetings, Friends!

WIRED Magazine recently published an article that discusses MIT’s Robert Morris and his unique and exciting research on crowdsourcing  a peer-to-peer cognitive reappraisal platform.  Similar to SOVA, Morris’s project is aimed at improving the mental health of those struggling with depression by using a web-based intervention.  The intervention, Panoply, is an interactive platform that relies on evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy as a means to reframe and reassess negative thoughts.  Panoply provides an electronic platform for posting content, responding to others, and receiving responses.  On the front end, users can use this as a tool in their cognitive behavioral therapy.  On the back end, Mechanical Turk provides sincere, human-based interactions.  Looking ahead, Morris and his start-up team at Koko are currently working toward developing Panoply into a consumer app.

Do any of you already know of research using Mechanical Turk or other crowdsourcing measures to reach end users?  What do you think about Robert Morris’s research?  Is there anything you think the SOVA team can learn from what he has done?

We want to know your thoughts!