Digital Solutions for Mental Health and Wellness

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Digital Solutions for Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health and emotional well-being have been an area of concern for the past several years. People feel like discussing the same but resist opening up with their own experience of ill mental health. At the beginning of the year 2020, when the countries around the world were shut down and people were restricted to their homes, there was an increase in mental illness cases drastically.

There was a sudden and drastic alteration in the daily routine, with many millions stranded in boarding houses and rental apartments, without work and far from home. Academic work ground to a halt, with auxiliary staff like cleaners, security guards, and gardeners suddenly being thrown out of their contractual work. This leads to instability of the emotional as well as mental well-being of the population.

Mental Health

Read below the impact of Covid-19 on the emotional and mental wellness of society:

Impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of children and adolescents

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Mental health effects of Covid-19 

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Digital solutions

Many people are unable to travel to a mental health professional or hospital due to movement restrictions and lack of transport options. While mental health concerns have risen exponentially, visits to the mental health centers have fallen drastically. In this situation, the digital world has been a great help to those affected people.

Given the global shortage of psychiatrists and the lack of mental health care access in rural regions, apps have emerged as a viable tool to bridge the mental health treatment gap. Technology is well-poised to transform how mental health treatment is delivered and accessed.

Mental health apps span all stages of clinical care provision, including immediate crisis intervention, prevention, diagnosis, primary treatment, supplement to in-person therapy, and post-treatment condition management. 

Mobile apps have significant potential to deliver high-efficacy mental health interventions.

Mental Health Through Digital Health

Read below to know how to take help from digital solutions for your mental and emotional well being:

Ways To Improve Mental Health Through Digital Health

To know 4 ways that digital health can help improve mental health, click here:

 

Effective apps for mental care

Smartphone-based mental health apps represent a unique opportunity to expand the availability and quality of mental health treatment. Additionally, public health organizations like the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have pointed to mental health apps as cost-effective and scalable solutions to address the mental health treatment gap. But though the ubiquity of smartphones is well-poised to address the mental health provider shortage, the efficacy of mental health apps remains contested.

Know about some of the best mental health apps at the below links:

Adda reviewed mental health apps

Mental health apps can be effective in making therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable. To know the apps that have been reviewed by ADAA members over the last few years, click here:

Top 25 mental health apps

In recent years, there’s been a proliferation of mental health apps available to smartphone users. To know about 25 mental health apps, read here:

 

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Contributor: Amrita Sinha

Amrita is in the field of media. She has a deep inclination towards writing and public speaking. She has the aim of removing the stereotypical mindset of society. She loves to read and photography is her passion.

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