Mental health innovation is long overdue. With telemedicine technologies booming in the health care sector, mental health technology has been lagging behind. The unique nature of mental health services can make it difficult to develop technology that successfully intervenes in human behavior and actually creates measurable, positive outcomes. However, with advancing research and awareness geared towards mental health issues, more companies are innovating in this space than ever before. Emerging trends in recent years have the potential to completely change the health care environment for those struggling with mental health conditions.
Of the many new companies developing technology to creatively provide solutions to treat mental health issues and promote mental health wellness, here are four to watch in 2016:
PacificaThis mobile app is a self-help resource for anxiety, the most predominant mental health diagnoses in the United States. Innovation in the treatment and long-term care of anxiety is vital. As more people are living with and trying to manage their anxiety, apps like Pacifica can help them live healthier lives by using therapeutic technology through a mobile app. Pacifica incorporates principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation and wellness to break the cycle of anxiety, as well as helping users achieve real results to combat anxiety and improve wellness. By breaking unhealthy thought-feeling-action cycles through engaging users with relaxation tips and goal setting, this innovative app is one to watch as it helps users combat their anxiety.
Pala-linqEvery year, over 23 million Americans struggle with substance abuse. Additionally, over 23 million are reported to be in recovery from addiction. Enter pala-linq, the on-the-go mobile app with wearable and Web components that provide support to those recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. By tracking mind, body and spiritual activity levels, pala-linq’s technology will keep users close to their support network and on track with recovery goals to prevent relapse. In his popular TED talk, journalist and advocate to end the war on drugs, Johann Hari concludes that the opposite of addiction is connection. Pala-linq will help do just that – leverage technology to keep users connected to their support system, their goals and their overall recovery plan through promoting holistic recovery principles with complementary technology. Now approaching beta-testing, this company is one to watch in 2016.