Online Public Health Interventions: A Good Strategy for Those with Mental Illness?
Director, Research and Evaluation LEGACY, Washington DC, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Amanda Richardson
Director, Research and Evaluation LEGACY
Washington DC, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 30, 2012; Accepted Date: August 01, 2012; Published Date: August 02, 2012
Citation: Richardson A (2012) Online Public Health Interventions: A Good Strategy for Those with Mental Illness? J Mass Commun Journalism 2:e126. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000e126
Copyright: ©2012 Richardson A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Online delivery of public health interventions is on the rise and for good reason. Roughly 2.3 billion people across the globe are online  and many are using it as a resource for health-related information [2,3]. This has promoted a shift in many consumers from passive recipients to active participants in managing their own health [4,5]. Practitioners have been quick to recognize the promise of the internet as a vehicle for disseminating health-saving messages  and studies assessing online interventions have concluded that they work [7-12]. However, what has not been appropriately assessed is the degree to which online interventions reach and influence vulnerable sub-groups, such as those with mental disorders.