Mobile self-compassion programme for promotion of public mental health: a randomised controlled trial
WWS Mak1, CCY Wong1, ATY Chan1, JTF Lau2
1 Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2 Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. The mobile self-compassion programme is as effective as the mobile cognitive-behavioural psychoeducation programme in enhancing mental health and reducing psychological distress. Improvements are maintained at 3-month follow-up.
2. Both programmes can cultivate self-compassion and improve emotional regulation.
3. Smartphone applications are convenient and highly scalable options to promote public mental health, as face-to-face psychological interventions are expensive with long waiting time.
4. Mobile programmes have high attrition rates. Methods to enhance user experience and retention, such as gamification and personalisation, should be considered.