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Detecting Mental health behaviours from Mobile Interactions (DEMMI): a focus on eating disorder and self-harm

Detecting Mental health behaviours from Mobile Interactions (DEMMI): a focus on eating disorder and self-harm

Led by Dr Mahsa Honary, Lancaster University & Dr Roisin McNaney, University of Bristol in association with the University of Manchester, University of York St. John, Lancaster University, and Pennine Care Foundation Trust

This study follows from the NewMind funded Stage 1 Feasibility Studies led by McNaney et al (Eating disorders in the digital age: Considering the safety measures required to prevent the abuse of healthy eating and fitness applications amongst young people) & Honary et al (Understanding, Predicting and Preventing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and thoughts amongst adolescents UPP). It focuses on two, related mental health issues—eating disorders (ED) and self-harm (SH)—which mainly affect younger people, aged 16-24. By automating the identification of triggers for negative behaviours, it aims to be able to understand the best opportunities for introducing in-situ mobile interventions, at times when they are most needed.