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Access Mental Health Services from Your Phone

Your smartphone can be an invaluable tool for improving your mental health. Tele-based counseling and mental health services provide remote personal care that many people might not otherwise be close enough to access.

 

Combating the rising cost of mental health

Mental health disorders are costly in more ways than one. Not only could they cost the global economy an astounding $16 trillion dollars by 2030, but they’re also one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality around the world.1 Wait times for counseling sessions with mental health experts can stretch for months, preventing many people from receiving life-saving intervention and preventative care.

Tele-based mental health services offer access to care anytime, anywhere, any way, so patients can get the treatments they need without the wait. Whether it’s crisis counseling via text messaging, digital cognitive behavior therapy or tele-psychiatry via video chat with a medical professional, tele-based care is only a swipe away.

 

The power of digital support groups

Sometimes the best treatment is having people who can relate, and technology can help connect us to those people. Online communities for those suffering from conditions like anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and addiction offer users much-needed support, especially those in small communities with limited options to seek help in person.

Digital support groups provide a space for people to cope with symptoms, share stories and lift each other up. They allow users to work together on daily meditations, visualization exercises and calming, repetitive actions. They can even offer educational resources and courses led by certified mental health professionals and professional support outside of a therapist’s regular hours.

 

AR/VR therapy

Beyond smartphones, some innovative researchers are using augmented and virtual reality tech to design mental health therapy techniques. One study at the University of Barcelona used virtual reality to help participants give themselves advice.2 Swapping between two virtual reality avatars – one designed to look like the user and the other like famous psychologist Dr. Sigmund Freud – participants alternately pose a question and give themselves useful feedback.

 

Cutting-edge digital technology is connecting people to the resources they need like never before. Take advantage of tele-based access with the latest devices from U.S. Cellular.


Sources:

  1. Kelland, Kate. “Mental Health Crisis Could Cost the World $16 Trillion by 2030.” Reuters, Thomson Reuters, 9 Oct. 2018, www.reuters.com/article/us-health-mental-global/mental-health-crisis-could-cost-theworld-16-trillion-by-2030-idUSKCN1MJ2QN.
  2. Slater, Mel, et al. “An Experimental Study of a Virtual Reality Counselling Paradigm Using Embodied Self-Dialogue.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 29 July 2019, www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-46877-3.