Webinar: Bridging the digital divide to optimize health outcomes and experiences for youth

Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use (GGTU) at PSSP presented this webinar.

Bridging the digital divide to optimize health outcomes and experiences for youth

This co-presented webinar is part three of three in GGTU’s 2022 series of standalone yet interconnected webinars titled, ‘The Impacts of Digital Technologies on Mental Health and Addictions’.

In this webinar, new evidence and experience will be shared to demonstrate the digital health needs of young people who are accessing youth mental health services.  A particular focus will be on how young people engage with social media platforms (e.g., TikTok, Instagram).  While we often hear about the negative impacts of technology use for youth, there are robust opportunities to create new digital apps that improve youth mental health and resiliency with digital technologies.  The webinar presenters will describe the development of a new app by Foundry BC to engage young people in care and discuss the risks of not leveraging digital technologies for supporting the health trajectories of young people.  Audience members will have a chance to ask questions during a Q&A. 

This webinar will appeal to health and social service providers who work with young people, as well as researchers and policymakers interested in digital mental health and technology use.

Live event date: Thursday, July 21, 2022   

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Applications for accreditation have been submitted to the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and to the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit.

Learning objectives

  1. Describe the digital health needs of young people accessing youth mental health services
  2. Outline current ways in which young people are learning about mental health through social media platforms


Skye Barbic, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the Head Scientist at FoundrySkye brings over 18 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist working with youth and young adults with mental health and substance use disorders.  She is an active member of the health outcomes research community and has applied her expertise in health outcomes measurement to the fields of psychiatry and mental health rehabilitation.  Skye obtained her PhD at McGill University and conducted post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Psychiatry.  Skye is a passionate member of Foundry since its inception. As the Head Scientist at Foundry, Skye oversees all research activities and informs the Foundry community and partners about key results used to improve services. When she is not working, she spends her time with her family, three huge dogs, and reading old hard-copy books from the library.

Al Raimundo, BA, spends their days working as a Business Analyst on the awesome Foundry BC platform.  Prior to that, they worked for 10 years making really awesome mental health apps and co-designing processes to engage diverse youth.  Al is a thought leader for their work, having delivered over 600 talks worldwide including at the United Nations World Youth Day, TedX, and Canada’s Senate and many other federal government tables. They have also been quoted in Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, the Toronto Star, Macleans, the Globe and Mail, National Post, and newspapers across the world (including Argentina, France, Ireland, Brazil, and Japan).  When they are not working, you can catch them gaming, exploring, eating, and making memes on social media. 

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