Technology for mental health

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Technology for mental health

Levit8 is one of Australia’s leading managed IT services providers, which means we have been working closely with technology for many years. We have seen first-hand the negative side effects technology can have on mental health. However, we have also had the opportunity to see the amazing benefits and tools that technology can bring to mental health care.

There is no denying which direction the world is going in when it comes to the use and expansion of technology; therefore, it is important to change technology from being the reason we might suffer with poor mental health to the reason we solve it.

Technology can have negative effects, however it has at least, if not more, benefits when used to its full potential. Many major medical and scientific advances occur in association with technology, and there is no arguing that the computer and the internet are the greatest inventions of this era.

Unlike certain physical conditions a person might be afflicted by, people suffering with poor mental health do not necessarily need a physical intervention. Good psychological therapy does not need human interaction to be effective and can even relieve some people of the stigma around going to a therapist.

More and more mental online tools are being built to cultivate and restore healthy habits for mental health. For example, you can use your smartphone to test yourself for mental illness, engage with an online treatment program, or obtain real-time crisis counselling. Moreover, technology allows these mental health tools to be mobile and accessible 24/7. Sophisticated bio-sensing technologies and Bluetooth can collect data, information, and geographical location to provide a real-time view of behaviour and mood. These capabilities facilitate identification of ‘at-risk’ individuals and assist in referral and access to treatment, this is of particular use when preventing suicide.

Finally, the growth of self-help and the empowered patient movement has meant people are more likely to investigate their symptoms online. While we don’t advise people to use “Dr Google” when experiencing poor mental health, having access to a range of specialised medical knowledge and treatments, as well as the many personal stories available on blogs and social media, does increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking.

The most exciting thing for researchers and clinicians is seeing the influence of technological developments and waiting to see further impact in the future. In the meantime, we will continue to see new technologies that have the potential to extend, make more efficient, and add value to mental health care.

We, at Levit8 believe that together with IT we can help fight mental illness.

This is why we are very excited to be sponsoring the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation’s very first golf day – Mindful on the Green on Friday August 6th.

Mindful on the Green is raising much-needed funds for mental health services at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital following a rise in hospital admissions and a greater need to support this critical area in healthcare.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation has a fun day on the green planned with prizes, raffles and a series of mindful moments throughout the day to encourage good mental health.

Join us as we tee up for mental health and provide life-changing support to people struggling with mental health. Register at: https://gchfoundation.org.au/golfday/ 

 

 

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis, suicidal or needs someone to talk to, help is available. You can find all the different services available from the government here. 

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