In years past, mental health treatment and technology were fairly separate things – exempting, perhaps, the telephone that you might use to call your therapist and arrange a meeting. Nowadays, however, there are a number of developments that have allowed us to work towards improving our mental health thanks to technology.
These are some of the most effective forms of technology that have been used to help people manage their mental health.
Telehealth was one of the first technologies that led to the advent of present-day online counseling. Telehealth allows people to communicate with licensed health care providers over the phone or through video chat.
Telehealth is currently quite popular in many workplaces. A large majority of big US employers plan to offer their employees access to telehealth.
E-counseling, or online counseling, has caused some of the biggest changes in the mental health industries throughout the world. Online counseling allows for much greater convenience in accessing therapy. Many people who wouldn’t be able to get to a traditional therapist’s office due to physical health issues or transportation problems are now able to communicate with licensed counselors thanks to online therapy.
Much like telehealth, e-counseling helps connect people to a counselor through the use of video chat and voice call. Some e-counseling companies also allow their members to communicate via text message. Prices are generally comparable to those that you’d find at a traditional therapist’s office, and sometimes are much cheaper.
There’s an app for that! This phrase rings true for pretty much everything, and mental health is no exception. There are tons of different apps that can help people improve their mental health in a number of different ways.
- Mood management apps. Apps like MoodKit will help your mood and overall well-being. It was developed by two clinical psychologists so it’s no surprise to see it’s ranked as the best one. Everydayhealth.com lists the 6 best ones on the market. Similarly, What’s Up can help provide users with journals, interactive therapy practices and mood trackers to help them manage their moods and avoid relapsing into conditions like apathy or depression. Apps like Anxiety Reliever showcase soothing backgrounds while playing recorded voice tracks to help walk people through anxiety.
- Mindfulness and meditation apps can be tremendously useful for helping to inspire general well-being, clarity, and focus. These apps can guide you through meditations, set timers, and remind you to engage in your daily practice. Mindful.org has a great list.
- E-counseling apps. Many of the more successful online therapy companies also offer mobile apps for more convenience. This allows people to access qualified therapeutic help while they’re on the go. You can find the most popular mobile apps on E-counseling.com.