Let’s talk about Mental HealthMarch 13, 2017 - Dr. Darren Piercey
Mental health is an important part of overall health. An individual with good mental and physical health is well positioned to achieve their maximum personal potential and contribute to family, friends and the workplace.
However, mental health issues are on the rise. The costs associated with mental healthcare are increasing every year. A recent article posted by Andreessen Horowitz states that depression is now the leading cause of disability in the US with $200 billion dollars being spent annually.
As a result, a major issue facing individuals seeking mental health care is the dreaded wait list. This is true not only in rural setting but in urban centers as well. Wait times of 2 months or longer are not unheard of for major issues such as depression.
The increase for demand can’t be met by simply hiring more counselors. The reason being that most individuals who would benefit from seeing a counselor (2/3) will never make the appointment for a number of reasons including accessibility, costs and stigma. To tackle the mental health problem, we need to be extremely innovative.
To solve this issue, we will need to turn to technology that will allow us to reach out to individuals who do not self identify as having a mental health issue and to prevent others from developing mental health issues. Using technology will be especially useful for younger demographics.
Counseling Services and Centers in North America are currently working hard to solve their over utilization and outreach issues with various technologies. There have been some very successful centers that have managed to piece together various technology offerings to help them overcome their overutilization issues. Universities are typically early adopters of technology so there is a chance that the successes that these universities have may trickle over into the corporate world. Especially as students become tomorrows employees. The next few years will be extremely interesting in the digital mental health area.
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