Open call for practitioner articles and digital showcase pieces on the topic of mental health and digital technologies

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As is well documented, the global burden of mental health is significant and growing (Vigo, Jones, Atun &; Thornicroft, 2022; Patel et al., 2018). As the technological world and its reach grows at pace, so too does its influence in mental healthcare. 

As the demand for mental health services is unlikely to be satisfied solely by face-to-face (F2F) care, and as such provision is unlikely to reach all those in need, interest continues to grow in developing digital innovations for mental health (Torous et al., 2021). As these innovations become a more pervasive part of care provision, research into their development, reach, efficacy, implications and value grows ever more important. 

While there is potential for digital innovations for mental health to represent a new conceptualisation of psychological healthcare in light advances in technology, such
advances necessitate (and will continue to require) effective multidisciplinary collaboration, and effective implementation of knowledge and skills from across the field (e.g. professional designers and developers and mental healthcare practitioners/care commissioners). In this regard, it is vital that, in addition to academic expertise, these voices are also heard.

In response to the growth in this field, we are keen to solicit a range of work relating to digital innovations for mental health that bring to bear the broad range of challenges, debates, trends and applications. We are keen to receive submissions that span the various dimensions of empirical, ethical and practical challenges facing work in this fast-moving area of interest:

List of Article Types:

  • Practitioner Articles 
  • Digital Showcase 

These articles are subject to review by an editor and/or a member of the editorial board.

List of Topic Areas:

  • Development of digital innovations for mental health.
  • Participatory and user-centred design in digital innovations for mental health.
  • Challenges associated with the development of digital innovations. 
  • Frameworks/lessons learned from collaborative practice in multidisciplinary projects.
  • Practitioner experiences/needs in the development and distribution of digital therapeutics.
  • Digital treatments as outpatient services.
  • Commissioning of digital healthcare: benefits, challenges, areas of consideration (e.g. digital literacy). 
  • Using technology to improve quality of life. 
  • Digital training tools for mental healthcare professionals.
  • Dynamic networking tools/big-data.
  • Machine learning.
  • Other areas that are relevant to this call.

We are especially keen to publish papers from marginalised groups and encourage pieces from authors within these communities who have had experiences of, or undertaken work, in the field.

Submissions information

Submissions are invited for Mental Health and Digital Technologies, a new Journal launching in 2024.

Submit your paper here!

You should consult the Journal’s author guidelines before making a submission.

If you’d like to get feedback on an article idea in advance of submission, please contact the editors:

Steven Barnes
Uniwersytet SWPS - Poland
[email protected]

Julie Prescott
University of Law - UK
[email protected]


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Vigo, D., Jones, L., Atun, R., & Thornicroft, G. (2022). The true global disease burden of mental illness: still elusive. Lancet Psychiatry, 9(2), 98-100. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(22)00002-5. Epub 2022 Jan 10. PMID: 35026138.