Accepted for/Published in: JMIR Mental Health
Date Submitted: Nov 27, 2018
Open Peer Review Period: Dec 5, 2018 - Jan 3, 2019
Date Accepted: Jan 20, 2019
(closed for review but you can still tweet)
Feasibility and acceptability of a mental health website for adults with an intellectual disability: A qualitative evaluation
E-mental health programs for people with an intellectual disability (ID) are currently under-explored, but may provide a way of mitigating some of the barriers that this population face in accessing appropriate mental health services.
This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of Healthy Mind, an e-mental health program for adults with ID developed by the Black Dog Institute, focusing on the design and implementation of the website.
The qualitative research design involved semi-structured interviews and focus groups with people with ID, support workers and allied health professionals. People with ID were also observed whilst using the website. Thematic analysis was used to interrogate the interview transcripts and observational field notes.
Participants found the content of the website informative and appreciated the many ways that the website had been made accessible to users. Participants voiced some differing requirements regarding the way information should be presented and accessed on the website. Acknowledging different types of support needs was identified as an important issue for website dissemination.
The Healthy Mind website promises to provide an excellent tool for people with ID and their supporters. This research has pragmatic implications for the future development and implementation of the program, whilst contributing to knowledge in the broader fields of e-mental health and inclusive design for people with ID.
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