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For the past few years, mental health advocacy has been on our radars, which is nothing short of a good thing. With the flexibility and lower costs associated with seeking help for mental illness, more and more qualified psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors are available to help. Plenty of them use the following technology to improve the well-being of their patients.
Mental Health Software
For mental health practitioners that do most of their client work at home, it can be challenging to store and keep track of records. Often their books are filled with written notes that are quickly scribbled as they can give their full attention to their clients. There used to be only one option to manage all the data for their mental health programs and patients: spreadsheets.
Now, there’s incredible mental health software that can manage treatment plans, coordinate clinical treatment, counseling, and rehabilitation while keeping track of regulatory requirements. This all-in-one software really helps manage the amount of progress notes and scheduling a psychologist does on a daily basis, which leads to better client care.
While VR is a relatively new field, especially in the medical industry, there have been massive strides in healthcare that have paved the way for this technology in the mental health sphere. VR is useful for desensitizing patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by giving them a safe environment to experience triggers in real-time.
With the direction of a health professional, patients are instructed to use a VR headset at home to experience uncomfortable situations in small bursts that may lead to their depression and anxiety, leading to them becoming more comfortable in these environments.
Smartphone Apps for Anxiety and Depression
Mental health apps are becoming more and more popular because they’re either free or cost-effective for the average American. Since apps can be used anywhere, as long as you have your phone handy, they’re incredibly useful for younger generations that are swamped with work and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Most smartphone apps focus on three main areas: anxiety, mood, and stress. Of the most common apps, Moodnotes, Calm, Headspace, and Talkspace are the most popular and highly rated. All but Talkspace are free to use and require a 5-minute setup to get started.
Internet Support Groups
Online message boards have remained a consistent way to make friends and talk about our hobbies on the Internet since its inception, but their use has expanded over the years. Internet support groups can connect you with people all over the world that are experiencing something similar to you. Plus, you can remain anonymous if you want.
Going to an in-person support group can be difficult and uncomfortable because you’ll have to express a sensitive topic with other participants. With online support groups, you won’t ever have to reveal your real name, location, or further personal details. Seeking help is already challenging in itself, but staying anonymous can make it a little easier.
Health Care Hotlines
In addition to Internet portals and apps, health care hotlines, which involve speaking to a health care provider over the phone or video conference, offer fantastic opportunities in health technology. Healthline’s are available in every state and help you connect with real people who can give you mental health and addiction advice 24-hours a day.
Suicide hotlines and crisis line services effectively decrease the individual’s risk to the point where they aren’t an imminent risk. If a risk is present, the person on the other end of the line will send for emergency services. Lifeline crisis counselors are well trained to work with suicidal individuals and have helped many people accept or reach out for help.