A Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Mental Health Help-Seeking Tool for Young People: The Link Project

      One in four young people experience mental disorders, yet only 35% seek help. Readiness for, and access to care are barriers. Innovative online services to improve help-seeking are rarely evaluated yet have the potential overcome barriers, and increase access to resources using technology youth are familiar with. Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior, we co-designed with young people and service providers an online tool (Link) directing youth to appropriate resources based on symptoms, self-rated severity, and preferred service modality. We aimed to investigate the effect of Link on young people’s affect, quality of life, and help-seeking barriers compared to usual help-seeking strategies.
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