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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

How can technology help people with mental health problems?

Online support groups, smartphone apps, computer games, virtual reality, virtual therapists, robots…there are so many big emerging ideas about how digital technology can be used for mental health.

But what’s the best way to use the technology?

The ‘Asking the right questions’ project aims to decide the 10 most pressing questions about digital technology for mental health and share these with researchers so that future research targets these priorities.

To make sure they are grounded in the everyday experience of mental health, these questions will come from people with personal experience of mental health problems and health and social professionals.

Take part in this online survey during Spring 2017 - it will only take a few minutes.


What will happen after the survey closes?

Researchers will do a cross-checking exercise, then final top ten questions will be published in December 2017.

You can keep up to date with the project by contacting Lucy Simons, the project coordinator, on

The project is being run by NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative in partnership with the James Lind Alliance, and supported by a wide range of charities and education organisations.


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