Topic: Digital Mental Health: A real opportunity for healthcare or technology-driven solutionism?
Date: 14-16 November 2022
With 15 speakers from 4 continents, on average 45 participants over the 3 days, and perspectives ranging from WHO to a SME, psychiatry to ethics, Tarascan Mestiza and young African people's view, the GLOHRA workshop on Global Digital Mental Health was truly interdisciplinary and cross-sectional. The question whether digital mental health technologies are a real opportunity for healthcare or technology-driven solutionism was discussed controversly, revealing the complexity of the field. As two participants concluded: It is a "walk between potential and challenges". The "new technology and old problems" need to be considered in light of cultural and contextual adaptation, participation and co-design. With "the need to also look at social determinants of mental health which digital technology tends to ignore" the workshop was just the start of ongoing engagement of researchers within and beyond GLOHRA to investigate the field of Global Digital Mental Health.