When we say that 43.8 million adult Americans experience mental illness every year we are actually revealing a major issue. If we add the fact that almost the 60% of them do not seek for care we are just showing a problem that needs to be assessed. The stigma surrounding mental illnesses and the difficulty to access therapies are two major factors that explain the undertreatment.
There is a lot we can do in our site. Digital health tools can help tackle both the stigma and the lack of accessibility. The most obvious and clear solution comes with the exense use of mobile technology: 68% of Americans own a smartphone, and 45% own a tablet, making it an easily accessible tool for improving care. It also provides those people afraid of confront publically their condition of a sense of security and empowerment: they can learn more about their symptoms and understand that they’re not alone in their suffering. They can even use telemedicine and follow-up solutions to keep track of their treatment.
Bring closer mental health providers to digital health solutions would increase the quality of care and the quality of life for their patients in consequence.
However, technology could be used in conjunction with usual therapy, making this way easier to access care, empower and educate people. Technology has the potential to accelerate mental healthcare treatment, encourage proactivity and lessen stigma worldwide. There is a lot of room for improvement but we can be optimistic about the future and drive our success.