CAMH Editorial: Volume 28, Issue 1, Special Issue: Technology and Mental Health for Children and Adolescents: Pros and Cons, February 2023

Editorial: Control alt delete – technology and children’s mental health

Hiran Thabrew, Lina Gega


With international contributions from Denmark, Peru, Italy, Turkey, Estonia, Russia, Canada, the USA, Australia and the UK, this special issue offers insights and evidence about the technology’s ability to act as a force of good and a source of harm for young people’s mental health. As we better understand the complex and bidirectional relationship between technology and mental health, we need to move beyond dichotomous narratives about it being good or bad; it is both, depending on how it is used. Collective responsibility across technology companies, researchers, public services and community organisations, parents and the young people themselves can make a difference in the way technology is used to protect and improve mental health.

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Dr. Hiran Thabrew

Dr. Hiran Thabrew is a Child Psychiatrist and Paediatrician. He is Director of Te Ara Hāro, a centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health at the University of Auckland and a member of the Consult Liaison Team at Starship Children’s Hospital.

Prof. Lina Gega is Professor of Mental Health at the University of York and Honorary Nurse Consultant at Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust, with a PhD in Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is a Joint Editor of CAMH.

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