Our Digital Innovation for Development in Africa project works to develop a young people-led network that will advocate for and research responsible and accountable use and development of digital mental health interventions for young people in African countries.
The chief aim of the interdisciplinary network is to develop a robust framework for responsible and relevant digital mental health interventions for young people in African countries. We argue that this could be most effectively done by developing an interdisciplinary network that brings together senior scholars and ECRs, young people, digital innovators, mental health practitioners, and policy makers across Africa. We understand responsible digital mental health to address risks and benefits, facilitators and barriers for young people; and we understand relevant digital mental health to address the rights, needs and preferences of young people. We argue that relevant and responsible digital mental health is required in order to deliver acceptable and trusted interventions that achieve greater individual, societal and economic value for African young people