Mental Health Program Taps Into Text Messages for Healthy Minds and Bodies

Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune AnnuallyAhead of the weekend, MHW learned that nationally renowned eating disorder expert Lori Osachy, MSS, LCSW is launching a first-of-its-kind mental health program.

Powered by CareWire, Inc., the text2Bwell Positive Body Image Program is described to us as being an 8-week text messaging series to help people begin to transform the way they feel about their body, food, and exercise – all from their cell phone.

Content is conveniently delivered via personalized text messages—no apps or downloads required. Each text will contain proven techniques and action steps, as well as links to more in-depth web content and password-protected forums, and one-on-one support from Osachy. Periodic, text-based survey check-ins will assess participant progress.

Access to the program is currently offered at an introductory price of $25.

The first prompt will be received within 24 hours of sign-up, and after that, texts will be automatically sent at regular intervals throughout the program, encouraging consistent engagement.

“Disordered eating, which plagues an estimated 30 million Americans, is the most fatal mental health issue in the country—one out of every five people with anorexia eventually dies from causes related to the disease,” reads a provided statement. “Negative body image can severely hinder recovery, and it is often not adequately addressed in treatment settings.”

If someone is exhibiting signs or thoughts of struggling with an eating disorder, intervening during the early stages of development can significantly increase the likelihood of preventing the onset of a full-blown eating disorder. It also leads to greater chances of a full recovery, and can prevent years of struggle—it can even save lives.

“This type of program has never been done before. It combines the proven mental health techniques of cognitive therapy, group counseling, and life coaching to help participants turn negative thoughts around and change unhealthy habits—all through mobile and web-based communications. I want to reach people struggling with body image and disordered eating in a way that is convenient, private, interactive, and effective. Besides receiving individual support from me, the private forums foster an intimate sharing of interactions with others on a similar journey,” said Osachy.

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