Online and on-demand support for people affected by problem gambling: The potential for e-mental health interventions
Pagination1 - 12
PublisherAustralian Gambling Research Centre
Place of publicationCanberra, A.C.T.
Research statementAccess to e-mental health interventions has grown rapidly over recent years and can assist individuals experiencing issues with a range of disorders including depression, anxiety and problem gambling. As barriers to people seeking help from face-to-face services include feelings of shame and stigma, e-mental health services may provide an easily accessible alternative. This discussion paper provides an overview of the current research on e-mental health services for problem gambling. Benefits to this modality of treatment include the ability for gamblers to be self-reliant, anonymity and privacy, convenience and immediacy. The current evidence base for e-mental health interventions is provided as well as the range of modalities available (websites, internet delivered programs, telephone/mobile based-programs). The integration of both modalities are also discussed, by blending online and face-to-face services. The study concludes that e-mental health may encourage people affected by gambling to access support and treatment and the need for further research on efficacy and effectiveness of these options. Recommendations include providers to consider e-mental health to increase engagement of those who may not otherwise seek help and offering e-mental health in both community and treatment settings.
Publication classificationA6 Research report/technical paper
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