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Call for papers - Internet-based mental health interventions

Guest Editors:
Vanessa Pinfold: McPin Foundation, UK
Leslie E. Roos: University of Manitoba, Canada 
Karin Waldherr: Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – Distance Learning University of Applied Sciences, Austria 

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 10 July 2024 

BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Internet-based mental health interventions. With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing an increase in the use of internet-based mental health interventions, web-based and mobile-based platforms have offered even more ways to help people with mental health problems. We welcome submissions exploring the improvement of mental health through internet-based interventions, encompassing participant engagement, preventive measures, well-being promotion for vulnerable populations, equitable access, and cultural diversity considerations.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Vanessa Pinfold:  McPin Foundation, UK

GE-PinfoldDr Vanessa Pinfold is co-founder and research director at the McPin Foundation, also a geographer with a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has worked in mental health research for 30 years. She held posts at Kings College London, and Rethink Mental Illness before developing a specialist mental health research charity that focuses upon enhancing research through bringing lived experience expertise into the research process at all stages from design to dissemination ( Dr Pinfold has published widely on topics including stigma and discrimination, carers and confidentiality, personal wellbeing networks, inequality and mental health, new models of mental health care, co-production methods and peer research. She co-chairs the UK Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders.

Leslie E. Roos:  University of Manitoba, Canada


Dr Leslie E. Roos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, with appointments in Psychology and Pediatrics. She aims to prevent the intergenerational transmission of stress-linked health inequities by developing scalable programs that promote parent mental health and family relationships. In her basic science research, Dr Roos takes a multi-modal approach across neurobiology, cognitive function, and parent-child observation methods to identify opportunities to improve program efficacy. She consults on program evaluation with local agencies and international teams to advance community-sourced solutions for stress-exposed families, starting in the prenatal period. Dr Roos is a Research Scientist with the Children's Hospital Institute of Manitoba where she leads a research group focused on promoting mental health equity through eHealth Innovations.

Karin Waldherr: Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – Distance Learning University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Dr Karin Waldherr holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed clinical and health psychologist. She is heading the Health Sciences Department at the Ferdinand Porsche FERNFH – Distance Learning University of Applied Sciences, Austria. Her work focuses on digital mental health, evaluation and implementation research, health promotion, prevention and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan. Dr Waldherr was member of the consortium of the Horizon2020 project "ICare - Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe" and currently is Co-PI of the project "Prototyping a serious game intervention promoting mental health literacy children and adolescents".

About the Collection

BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Internet based mental health interventions.

With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing an increase in the use of internet-based mental health interventions, web-based and mobile-based platforms have offered even more ways to help people with mental health problems. 

Internet-based mental health interventions should be considered as a complement to the more traditional in-person support offered by healthcare personnel, rather than a replacement. The use of mental health platforms empowers the individual to proactively improve their mental wellbeing and learn how to cope with adversities in the future.

Mobile applications are shown to be beneficial in preventing poor mental health in groups of people at high risk of being affected by stigma and discrimination, as well as those who do not have access to quality support and services. 

In support of Sustainable Development Goal 3- Good Health and Well-Being, BMC Public Health has launched this collection calling for research on internet-based mental health interventions. We welcome submissions looking at: 

  • How internet-based mental health interventions can improve mental health
  • Participant experiences and engagement in internet-based mental health interventions
  • The role of web-based and mobile-based platforms to prevent mental health problems
  • Internet-based interventions to promote mental health and well-being in vulnerable people
  • Addressing issues of access, equity and inclusivity in internet-based mental health interventions
  • The consideration of cultural, linguistic and diversity in online mental health support

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  1. Mental disorders are currently a global public health concern, particularly after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Mental health services gradually transitioned to teleservices, employing vari...

    Authors: Rowan M. Abuyadek, Esraa Abdellatif Hammouda, Ehab Elrewany, Dina Hussein Elmalawany, Rasha Ashmawy, Sally Zeina, Assem Gebreal and Ramy Mohamed Ghazy
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2024 24:1143

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Internet-based mental health interventions" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.