🧠 Is the future of mental health care digital? | The Stream

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “🧠 Is the future of mental health care digital? | The Stream” – below is their description.

Would you use an artificial-intelligence driven chatbot for talk therapy?

In October, the World Health Organization reported a worldwide failure to achieve global mental health care targets. And according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the United States experience a mental health condition each year. Though conditions are common, stigma, long wait times and lack of access to resources often results in insufficient care.

Calls to mental health support lines surged during the pandemic and demand for digital healthcare grew faster than before. Apps and online platforms have boomed as part of the global trillion dollar wellness industry, offering promises of convenient access to a healthier life where traditional approaches to health and medicine have fallen short.

A plethora of apps are now available to address issues ranging from depression and anxiety to post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. While some say these disruptive technologies help combat stigma and make previously elusive care accessible, others raise concerns about ethics, privacy, biases and above all quality of care. This has some advocates calling for increased regulation.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the benefits, and dangers, of digital mental healthcare.

Join the conversation:

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream

Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe




Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

Similar Content

About This Source - Al Jazeera English

The video item below is a piece of English language content from Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera is a Qatari state-funded broadcaster based in Doha, Qatar, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network.

Recent from Al Jazeera English:

  • India COVID-19: Smaller cities tighten measures as cases surge
  • Can tensions about Ukraine be defused? | Inside Story
  • Iran outbreak: Concern grows amid increase in Omicron cases
  • In This Story: United States

    The United States is a country also known as the United States of America, USA, US or just America. There are fifty states in the union, which is a federal republic ruled by a representative democracy. Nearly ten million square kilometres are inhabited by over 300 million people. The majority of Americans speak English.

    4 Recent Items: United States

  • Spaced out? Russian cosmonaut’s visa denied by US
  • Blinken warns Russia’s Lavrov about the consequences of invading Ukraine
  • US and Russia meet for talks in Geneva as fears of Ukraine invasion continue to grow | ABC News
  • Russia Holds Joint Naval Drill With Iran and China
  • In This Story: World Health Organization

    The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”

    3 Recent Items: World Health Organization

  • Live Q&A on #COVID19 vaccines with @doctorsoumya and Dr @Kate_L_OBrien. #AskWHO
  • Two Years Into the Covid Pandemic, How Close Are We to Normal?
  • Dr Tedros: Omicron causes hospitalizations and deaths
  • Leave a Comment

    We don't require your email address, or your name, for anyone to leave a comment. If you do add an email address, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment - we won't use it for any other purpose. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Links are not allowed in comments - 99% of spam comments, attempt to post links. Please describe where people may find additional information - for example "visit the UN website" or "search Google for..." rather than posting a link. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.