The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Mental Health, comprising some of the foremost leaders in mental health, technology, informatics, business, public policy and advocacy is publishing its selections for the Top 10 Innovations in Mental Health. The initiative is in partnership with Scientific American, which is publishing articles by these leaders on its website.
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, Council co-chair and professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine notes that “the council sifted through more than 60 nominations to pick novel solutions with the highest near-term potential to impact global mental health”.
The Top 10 Innovations selected are:
- Mental Health Curricula for Schools: Digital platforms to educate teens about mental health enhance resilience and self-efficacy.
- Predictive Analytics to Guide Mental Health Policy: AI and big data-based forecasting models help guide public policy and investments in mental health.
- Novel Drug Therapies for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Next generation antidepressants, such as intranasal esketamine, bring new hope to patients.
- Telehealth, Digital Hotlines, and Lay Counselling to Bridge Gaps in Care: A range of telemedicine and community based services bridge gaps to mental health access.
- Social Media Analytics to Map Disease Trends and Prevent Self-Harm: AI algorithms analyze Twitter or Instagram posts to detect mood changes or suicidality.
- Psychedelic Therapy: Psychedelics, such as psilocybin and MDMA, combined with therapy, show promise for treating a range of disorders, including depression and PTSD.
- Phones and Other Devices for Early Detection and Monitoring: Smart phones can generate over a thousand physiological signals, creating new ways to monitor behavioral states.
- Digital Training to Increase Pool of Providers: New digital platforms to train mental health workers overcome severe shortages of clinicians.
- New Workforce Models to Keep Employees Mentally Well: Emerging public-private partnership models share best practices, such as tool kits, that improve workplace wellbeing.
- Digital Marketplaces to Ensure Quality Mental Health Solutions: Trusted marketplaces and standardized criteria guide consumers to select the best apps for self-care.
The Report in Context:
- The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) shares discussion paper to help empower 8 billion minds via the ethical adoption of digital mental health and neurotech
- 10 neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement and brain health
- Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright
- Three ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19