Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mobile Phones to Monitor Teenagers Mental Health

Thanks to Holly Hart for forwarding a very interesting article about monitoring and behavioral change using mobile phones. Not mobile learning, but an important pilot to help in the treatment of 14-24 year-olds with depression issues.

The program was created by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and funded by the Telstra Foundation for two years. The program monitors "each young person's mood, stress levels, coping strategies, alcohol and cannabis use, exercise, eating patterns and general lifestyle factors." By using the communications capabilities of mobile phones and SMS messages, MCRI hopes to better capture information and provide earlier treatment.

There are other pilot behavioral change projects taking place in such areas as executive coaching. It will be interesting to follow these projects and see how what they find can be applied to learning.

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