Smooth Sailing is an e-mental health service designed by the Black Dog Institute in partnership with NSW high schools, young people, and their parents.
The service aims to prevent depression, anxiety, and suicide in school settings using a sophisticated e-health platform that screens adolescents’ mental health, offers tailored programs, and provides referrals to the school counsellor or health professional. It is particularly well suited to schools with limited resources.
The Prevention Hub will support:
1. Creation of an implementation framework that enables the service to be easily integrated into different high school settings;
2. Development of the IT capacity needed for the service to be delivered at scale;
3. Integration of the service with new e-mental health programs and apps developed by the Black Dog Institute and other leading mental health organisations;
4. Further implementation of the service in high schools.
Helen Christensen, BA (Hons) (Syd), MPsych, PhD (UNSW), FASSA, is Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at the University of New South Wales, a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia, the President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, and the immediate past President of the International Society for Research in Internet Interventions. She is also the Chief Investigator for the NHMRC Clinical Research Centre for Excellence in Suicide Prevention.
She is the author of over 300 refereed journal articles, seven consumer books and three open access websites.
Her research areas include online interventions for depression and anxiety, adolescent mental health and wellbeing, social networking sites and cyber-bullying. Dr O’Dea is interested in improving access to evidence-based care through technology supported through her involvement with the Digital Dog research program. Dr O’Dea has been involved in the development of multiple e-mental health apps and was also responsible for co-leading the investigations into social media and suicide, including the Twitter studies and the Ground Truth Project, and contributing to the collaborations with CSIRO, Amazon Web Services, and PRADA at Deakin University, established by Prof. Christensen. She currently holds an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Mental Health Research. Dr O’Dea is leading the development of the Online Clinic for Adolescents and the development of the mobile app for youth relationships.