Mobile Health May Help Mental Health in U.K.

The London School of Economics and Political Science has published a new report indicating that a great number of U.K. residents with mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders, do not receive proper treatment – if any treatment at all.

It is a real scandal that we have 6,000,000 people with depression or crippling anxiety conditions and 700,000 children with problem behaviors, anxiety or depression. Yet three quarters of each group get no treatment.

As a result of this troubling discovery, the UK’s National Health Service has opened the door for discussions and consideration on how digital resources and mobile technologies may be used to increase treatment accessibility.

“As a first stage,” NHS says, “we need to create an accurate picture of how people are currently using technology ,from service users, carers, the wider public, professionals (including clinicians, managers and informatics specialists) to providers and commissioners. And we need to look for examples of international good practice. We are pleased that the mental health leads of the strategic health authorities have agreed to provide funding for this work, and more details will be made available shortly through the Mental Health Network. As a second stage of work, we need a broad process of engagement to design a vision for the future – a comprehensive framework for e-mental health.”

As the NHS researches proper and effective courses of action for combating this unfortunate reality, a number of potential tools, techniques, and resources are being brought to light, which is already contributing positively to a discussion that is long overdue.

To read the original report that sparked this critical debate, click here.

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