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Why some mental health apps may be doing more harm than good

Recently, mental health apps have been hailed as a means of overcoming common barriers to treatment for mental illness such as cost, access, and stigma. However, new research led by the University of Sydney has shown that some apps may be doing more harm than good.

The research found that marketing for some mental health apps presented poor mental health as ubiquitous, and implied that individuals can easily and effectively manage any mental health problems they may be experiencing via an app.

Sam Baran was joined by Dr Lisa Parker, lead author of the study and Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, to find out more.

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