A briefing paper from January 2020 indicated that as many as one-in-six adults in England experienced a common mental health issue - like depression or anxiety - during the week in which they were asked. The paper also indicated that waiting times for NHS psychological therapy (IAPT) can take as long as two months in certain parts of England. This deficit in the level of requirement and the level of IATP service availability provides a problem which mobile applications can solve. By reducing strain on an already pressured NHS, mobile applications for mental health can help to transform healthcare for patients and healthcare professionals alike.
Mobile Applications Can Democratise Mental Health Provision
Studies suggest that there is still a stigma surrounding mental health, particularly for working-class men. People in this social category are less likely to be aware of symptoms and seek treatment. However, they are also disproportionately more likely to suffer from mental health issues. A staggering 28% of working-class men (C2DE) believed they may require treatment but did not seek any medical help.
The reasons for these figures are complicated. However, they are, at least in part, due to the stigma surrounding seeking support and to the time-constraints, cost and impact on the ability to work associated with attending IATP.
Mental health mobile applications can help to democratise the provision of mental health support. By offering a means in which everyone can access mental health support, these mobile applications can ensure no one is left behind. With effective marketing and healthcare-endorsement, those who are less likely to seek help can be given the tools to understand their own mental health issues better and work to improve them.
Pressure on Healthcare Services Can Be Reduced With Mobile Applications
Mental health system pressures have a direct link to pressures on the hospital system. The lack of mental health provision in England can have a detrimental impact on hospitals and A&E departments. Therefore, increasing the availability of mental health provision via mobile applications can help to alleviate this resulting pressure.
Similarly, just a small decrease in the number of cases of depression can improve the economy. A decrease in depression can lead to a decrease in sick days in the hundreds of thousands. A decrease in sick days of that magnitude will improve workplace productivity and efficiency, thereby stimulating the economy. By helping those who suffer from mental health, and those who care for them, thousands of more people can re-enter the workforce.
Examples of Mobile Applications For Mental health
There are a number of mobile applications which can assist in mental health issues. These apps range from assisting patients to connect with therapists to providing tools to overcome panic attacks and stress.
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