How might we better co-ordinate and collaborate within the e-mental health community?
Whilst we are still in the relatively early days of our work to catalyse community-led wellbeing interventions, we don’t turn down opportunities to meet people who have been developing interventions for years, especially ones which hint at enabling the people and organisations in the sector to collaborate more effectively.
Some interesting themes emerged from our relatively short time together, including:
- Collaboration, more partnership, Working together/alongside each other – clarity for end users
- Regular meet ups with each other, peer support, awareness – what is everybody doing?
- Promoting each other’s work when presenting own programmes/services
- Cross linking on each others’ websites
- Integrated services offerings
- Technology sharing
- Collective Testing/Piloting feedback
- Impact measurement & good practice
- Beyond one size fits all – ensuring cross-cultural relevance & accessibility
This isn’t going to be a quick journey – there’s much to be done, but increasingly people are realising the importance of the social layer that sits behind the technology – the people who can make and break a great piece of technology’s chances of success. Too often, not enough time and attention is paid to creating the conditions conducive to collaboration – thankfully it began today in the e-mental health space in Aotearoa.
We were delighted to be able to present about the Lifehack community, and the projects which are emerging from it such as Go Flo, Beast & YOMO. We also presented a little about the processes we use to foster collaboration and the work we’re doing to create best-practice models of participatory design in the youth health space. If you’re interested, here’s our slides:
We’re looking forward to the next e-Mental Health Roundtable, and to seeing how we can advance collaboration in the sector. If you have any questions, thoughts or inspirations from home/overseas you’d like us to raise at the next one – drop them into the comments below or get in touch with the question mark in the bottom right.