Internet connected devices are likely to have been in their homes and schools since birth and they have been shaped by this presence. For these young people, technology is a way of expressing creativity, socialising, developing their identity and finding out stuff. More and more, young people go to the internet for help with important issues in their lives. One of these important issues is their mental health.
The number of mental health sites on the internet has exploded in recent years. In addition, specialised apps, social media sites and online support services are evidence of massive engagement on this topic. In fact, research statistics show that young people are increasingly using mental health sites and services as a first, and sometimes only, port of call when navigating their mental health needs.
This presents an opportunity for schools to help students find the best sites and resources, and empower them in supporting their own mental health needs through technology.