An Observer analysis of data from private providers, cross-checked against NHS figures, reveals around one in three mental health treatments in England are delivered online, up from one in five in 2019, and one in 10 in 2017. Patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety can be referred to app- or web-based, self-guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) courses, instead of traditional face-to-face talking therapies. [Read more…] about Virtual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) accounts for over 30% of NHS mental health treatments — up from 10% in 2017
Beating the Blues
Nine online talking-therapy treatments for anxiety or depression have been given the green light to be used by the NHS in England. [Read more…] about The National Health Service (NHS) in England to roll-out nine online cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT) for adults with anxiety or depression
Mental health apps let you access therapy from your smartphone (New Scientist):
“Lie down anywhere that suits: the world is now your therapist’s couch. A wide range of apps now deliver mental-health care straight to your smartphone.
With PTSD Coach, users can discreetly screen themselves and learn more about the disorder. Moodnotes keeps track of [Read more…] about Mobile cognitive therapies gain traction as first-line mental health intervention
Excellent article about an emerging “small revolution” in mental health care:
Marientina Gotsis, media lab manager at USC, started thinking about designing apps with therapeutic potential when she realized that her phone had joined her wallet and keys on the small list of things she never left home without. “It’s what keeps people connected, functional, feeling safe and entertained. So why not use what people hold on to close to deliver behavioral interventions?”
It’s the kind of innovation that Kathleen Carroll, a psychology professor at Yale, says may be a “small revolution” in mental health care. These apps are part of the “brain fitness” industry, a category that includes computerized memory exercises and cognitive-impairment assessment programs, and that SharpBrains, a company that analyzes the industry, estimates to have grown 35 percent in 2009, to $295 million.
The idea of getting counseling from a computer or smartphone may seem strange, but it’s been in the works for years. In 2006, the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended two programs, Fear Fighter and Beating the Blues, as first-line treatments for mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.
Full article deserves reading: Get Therapy through your iPhone (The Daily Beast)