Even as technological changes transform many aspects of daily life, the treatment of mental health disorders, which affect approximately 97 million people worldwide1, has remained largely unchanged for decades. Despite the shift to telemedicine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health treatments are still primarily delivered in face-to-face settings and rely heavily on psychopharmaceutical interventions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to provide mental health support without face-to-face contact. The pandemic has also served as an awakening for many, as it has highlighted just how strained many traditional mental health support services are. This article explores a Canada-based texting service that aims to connect individuals in Saskatchewan to support services. This app may spark ideas in aspiring app developers looking to improve the mental wellbeing of others.
Increasing demand for mental health services and the expanding capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) in recent years has driven the development of digital mental health interventions (DMHIs). This article reviews current DMHIs with a specific focus on AI-based chatbots, discusses the challenges faced and potential solutions when using chatbots in digital mental health settings through a case study, and concludes with insights regarding potential directions for future research.
It was research that drove the need, but audience feedback that has steered the design and content of the Raising Healthy Minds app – a new, free digital tool to help Australian parents, carers and practitioners working with children to……
Loneliness is a growing public health issue that has been exacerbated in vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Computer agents are capable of delivering psychological therapies through the internet; however, there is limited research on their acceptability to date.