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Envisioning a Decolonial Digital Mental Health

Pendse, S; Nkemelu, D; Bidwell, N; Jadhav, S; Pathare, S; Choudhury, M; Kumar, N; (2022) Envisioning a Decolonial Digital Mental Health. In: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM (In press). Green open access

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The field of digital mental health is making strides in the application of technology to broaden access to care. We critically examine how these technology-mediated forms of care might amplify historical injustices, and erase minoritized experiences and expressions of mental distress and illness. We draw on decolonial thought and critiques of identity-based algorithmic bias to analyze the underlying power relations impacting digital mental health technologies today, and envision new pathways towards a decolonial digital mental health. We argue that a decolonial digital mental health is one that centers lived experience over rigid classification, is conscious of structural factors that infuence mental wellbeing, and is fundamentally designed to deter the creation of power differentials that prevent people from having agency over their care. Stemming from this vision, we make recommendations for how researchers and designers can support more equitable futures for people experiencing mental distress and illness.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Envisioning a Decolonial Digital Mental Health
Event: The ACM CHI conference on Human factors in Computing Systems
Location: New Orleans
Dates: 13 April 2022 - 14 April 2022
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dl.acm.org/conference/chi
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: decolonial theory, digital mental health, health inequities, artificial intelligence, medical pluralism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141011
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