The Commission partnered with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre to pilot an integrated system of online services, apps and tools to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Called Synergy, the online ecosystem aimed to enable young people to connect with digital data about them captured through different apps and services, and use this information to manage their own wellbeing and mental health. In this way the project aimed to provide a stepped model of care, promote self-agency and reduce stigma. 
The pilot engaged young people aged 16 to 25 in three NSW communities (Far West, Western Sydney and Central Coast) in a participatory design process and 90 day trial of the system. It also customised and integrated three key e-mental health tools and services – ReachOut Next Steps, Happiness Central and Mental Health e-Clinic – into the system, and developed and delivered an education and training program to promote the use of technology and the uptake of the e-mental health ecosystem in professional practice. 
The trial concluded in 2016. The Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney will use the findings in its ongoing work to research and build effective online ecosystems for mental health.

Living Well Actions 8.4.1 and 8.4.3

Last updated: 28 June 2017