On August 13, 2020, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney’s Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) launched MySigns, a free digital tool to assess the mental health of people with intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) and communication difficulties. The tool can be used collaboratively between people with I/DD, their caregivers, and mental health clinical professionals. NSW Health provides funding for MySigns. The goal is to improve mental health assessment, monitoring, and treatment of people with I/DD.
MySigns allows people who know the individual with I/DD to document and share their observations about the person’s behaviors and mental state indicators with a mental health professional. The tool catalogues the person’s unique, observed mental state indicators and allows creation of a visual history of the person’s moods. Caregivers can use the resource to compile the person’s unique catalogue, adding objective indicators and tagging their subjective correlate (e.g., recording the person’s distinctive moaning that correlates with their feeling of anxiety). Caregivers can also use the app to make a record of the person’s mental state at a given time for review by a clinical professional in the context of the person’s clinical management.
This was reported by 3DN on August 14, 2020.
Contact information: MySigns, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, University of New South Wales- Sydney; +61 (2) 9931 9160; Email: email@example.com; Website: https://mysigns.health
Contact information: Jenna Zhao, Project Officer for MySigns, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, University of New South Wales- Sydney; (02) 9385 3993; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://www.3dn.unsw.edu.au/