Can I overcome stress, anxiety and depression with daily supportive messages?

Project specs




Vincent Agyapong



Funding agency

St Patricks University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland & Alberta Heath Services, Alberta, Canada & University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada & Alberta Mental Health Foundation, Edmonton Canada & Douglas Harding Tust Fund, Edmonton Canada & Edmonton Community Foundation, Edmonton, Canada & Calgary Foundation, Calgary, Canada & Edmonton Civic Employees Fund, Edmonton, Canada & Calgary Health Trust, Calgary, Canada & University Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, Canada & Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, Canada & Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation & Alberta Cancer Foundation, Edmonton, Canada & Alberta Blue Cross, Edmonton, Canada




Daily supportive text messages through the ResilienceNHope programmes have been found to address symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. The research involved randomized controlled trials and surveys from population level programs in Ireland and Canada. For example participants had significantly lower rates of depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal ideation, or thoughts of self-harm and disturbed sleep after accessing daily supportive text messages for six weeks from Text4hope, compared to a control population. ResilienceNHope is provided by the Global Psychological eHealth Foundation.

Researcher Profile

Dr Vincent I.O. Agyapong Dr Agyapong is a Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health. He is the incoming Department Head for Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone. He was previously the Founding Director of the Division of Community Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services’ Edmonton Zone Clinical Section Chief for Community Mental Health. He continues to hold Clinical Professor appointment at the University of Alberta. He holds two Doctorate degrees; a Research MD in Psychiatry and a PhD in Global Mental Health, both awarded by the University of Dublin Trinity College in Ireland. He was also awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. He has earned Fellowships from the Royal College of Physician of Canada, Royal Society of Medicine in the UK, the Royal Academy for Medicine in Ireland, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK. He is also a member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, he holds certifications in health services management, forensic medicine and statistics. He has over 100 publications in international peer review journals and has made over 65 presentations at national and international conferences in 18 countries across five continents. His research focuses primarily on health innovations that expand access to quality mental health care. He has received over $ 4.5 Million in research grants from national and international funding agencies and have won numerous awards related to his work, including; Alberta Health Services’ Spirit of Excellence Award in 2016, the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association Physician Innovator of the Year Award in 2018, Champion of Mental Health from the Edmonton Mental Health Foundation in 2018, the Momentum Mental Health Clinician/Researcher Award in 2019 and the Alberta Medical Association's Award for Compassionate Service in 2019.

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