In research published in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, a team at the University of Liverpool found that many mental health apps and online programmes lack "an underlying evidence base, a lack of scientific credibility and limited clinical effectiveness".Simon Leigh, co-author of the study, argues that apps should be "well-informed, scientifically credible, peer reviewed and evidence based"."The rate at which apps come out is always going to outweigh the rate at which they can be evaluated.Mental health apps have grown in popularity at a time when psychological services have faced an increased demand and decreased resources.Many people find it hard to access services because of geography, because of mental ill health, because of physical disability.We've also found that, in the 50% of cases that do get to a GP, they're not able to guide mental health problems adequately."
p One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness – but a fifth of people still think "one of the main causes of mental illness is a lack of self-discipline and willpower".A survey conducted by the National Centre of Social Research asked 5,000 adults about their experience of mental health and found that 26 per cent had been diagnosed with a mental illness.A further 18 per cent of adults reported having experienced a mental illness but not having been diagnosed.Women were more likely to have been diagnosed with a common mental health disorder – 31 per cent of women compared to 17 per cent of men.The most common diagnosis was depression, with 19 per cent of people surveyed saying they had been diagnosed with the condition.Other common diagnoses were anxiety, phobias and OCD, with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders categorised as "serious conditions".
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p The NHS has a rotten reputation when it comes to technology.At Davos in January last year, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens announced seven innovation testbeds that will take a different approach to tackling the impending health crisis.Two of the testbeds focused on Internet of Thingstechnology, with Surrey and Borders partnership NHS Foundation Trust using smart devices to help people with dementia stay at home longer and West of England's Academic Health Science Network developing a diabetes digital coach.The other five testbeds weren't as prescriptive: in North East London and in Lancashire and Cumbria, testbeds were looking to support older people with dementia; Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS was working with Google's Verily on prediction and prevention techniques; Sheffield was looking to help people with diabetes, hypertension and other long-term condition treat themselves at home; and the Birmingham and Solihull project was developing tools for managing mental health.That's only expected to increase as demographics skew older, with the number of people 75 or older up by 89 per cent since the mid 1970s.As long term illnesses affect more people – as of 2013, there were 3.2 million people with diabetes – that's expected to increase to four million within the decade.
Of approximately 40,000 smartphone health apps available, about 800 are devoted to mental health, according to Robert Kennedy, MD, Executive Director of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry.However, few of these apps are developed by clinicians, and there is little science to the vast majority of them, said Seth Powsner, MD, President of the AATP, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale.Apps may provide solutions, the speakers agreed.New health apps launched by Apple just last month, in April, 2016, include pregnancy tracker Glow Nurture, newborn parenting app Glow Baby, and a diabetes manager.An Apple depression tracker named Start, includes a symptom tracker, medication reminder, depression rating scale, and information about medication side effects.The Collaboratory encouraged clinicians to contact them with ideas for apps, and for help in developing the apps.
Between logging our calorie intake on MyFitnessPal and tracking our runs on RunKeeper or squeezing in a 7 Minute Workout with Johnson & Johnson , we do a pretty good job of using technology to benefit our physical health.To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we ve rounded up the best apps designed to keep track of your mental health too.HeadspaceView photosMore Headspace Headspace provides daily guided meditation for when you need some downtime in the big bad world.Do you find yourself plagued with worrying thoughts?This app will help keep track of what makes you feel anxious and provides a plethora of welcome distractions to help ease anxious thoughts when they arise.Dream EZ uses imagery rehearsal therapy to reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares, so sufferers can sleep easy.
Better bandwidth alone isn t enoughA fast internet connection for all: it s the law.Or will be soon, if the UK government s pledge to give every household the legal right to a fast broadband connection becomes a reality.The backdrop is a nation that has yet to fully understand the social and economic potential of the web.Will this proposed right really affect our ability to afford an internet connection or the equipment to use it, and the digital skills to make the most of it?Beyond keeping in touch with family and friends, and easing access to online government services, basic digital skills can improve people s quality of life.With financial stress ranked as a primary cause of mental health issues in the UK, 86 per cent of people who manage their money online say they worry less if they have more choice in ...
Portraying mental health and psychology from a critical perspective in video games isn t very common.Thermo-Dynamic Games is an indie studio working on Echoes, a game dealing with the journey through counseling and overcoming mental issues.According to the developer players will have to overcome challenging and alien sections of the environment in order to progress and discover the story behind it all.The further you progress the more challenging it gets, and the player is supposed to be charmed by the game s initial moments.It seems that the game takes visual inspiration from some of the more stylized games of recent years.Anyone looking to try the game before its official release can look into Itch s Refinery program where the game will be found presumably soon as it moves towards the release date.
While attending Google's developer conference, I/O, programmer Dan Kim noticed a booth selling a T-shirt with a popular saying: "Eat, sleep, code, repeat.I literally let out an 'ugh' when I saw it."Because, the truth is, the underlying idea of that phrase isn't so cute.It must be all consuming and the focus of your life.... a truly balanced lifestyle  —  one that gives your brain and your soul some space to breathe non-programming air  —  actually makes you a better programmer.To understand just how pervasive this indoctrination is, a couple of months ago, Alex St. John, a famous video game developer and exec, someone who has hired a lot of programmers over the years, caused an uproar when he published a controversial article in VentureBeat.St.St. John even wrote a recruiting slideshow filled with controversial and sexist ideas on how to find programmers preferably young and cultivate this idea in them.The sad thing is that for those that buy into this message, the stress of working like that has been known to literally drive some of them beyond burnout, even affecting mental health.For instance, some time ago a programmer named Kenneth Parker wrote a blog post about the hardest working programmer he ever knew.
Far more serious injuries can sometimes occur, like deep vein thrombosis, the dangerous clotting of blood in veins of the limbs from lack of movement - it is now believed that DVT afflicts more computer users than airline travelers.While it is easy to say that myopia is caused by children spending more time with the computer, it has been proven that the occurrence of the disease is also strongly associated with decreased time spent outdoors.For example, there seems to be a connection between screen time and sleep quality.While there are proponents and opponents to including internet-addiction and tech-addiction to the list of mental disorders, the international mental health encyclopedia called Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV has included Internet-use disorder as a condition recommended for further study in its May 2013 edition.Researchers have indeed found that long-term Internet addiction results in alterations in the brain structure, which could contribute to chronic dysfunction in subjects with Internet Addiction Disorder.The mental health implications of social media is another iceberg whose tip we have just managed to scrape.
In August 2011, teen-focused social change organization DoSomething.org received this startling text message.But this text's raw honesty was particularly jarring.After one of DoSomething's digital engagement managers hesitated to answer, another message came through from the same number about an hour later: "R U there?"That text was the catalyst for Crisis Text Line, a mental health-based text messaging support line geared toward teens in the U.S., founded in August 2013.It's familiar, she says — people know they have limited space and already expect a delay in response.But, once in a while, he does talk to an actively suicidal texter.
Image: Mashable CompositeThe long-awaited summer months are finally here and they couldn't have come soon enough !While taking health precautions during flu season is a no brainer, you should be conscientious of your physical and mental health all year long — especially your sleep habits.The duration and quality of sleep you receive determines your productivity in any office — even in the summer months.ET / 11 a.m. PST for our next BizChats Twitter chat, sponsored by Sleep Number.Joining us will be: Dean Sheremet, chef, cookbook author, and health & fitness expert; Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist, health media expert, & thought leader; Joy Bauer, health & nutrition expert for NBC's TODAY Show, founder of NoursihSnacks.com; Pete Bils, VP of clinical sleep research for Sleep Number; Mark Fernandes, chief leadership officer at Luck Companies, keynote speaker & writer; and Vanessa Cunningham, nutrition & wellness expert, & best selling author.We look forward to hearing your questions.
Romulus Capital has raised its third—and largest—fund to back early-stage startups, many sourced in labs at MIT, the alma mater of the firm s two young General Partners, Neil Chheda and Krishna K. Gupta.The duo closed their newest fund, Romulus Capital III LP, at $75 million.Originally, Romulus Capital wanted to support great technical entrepreneurs they met on campus who would likely, after graduation, abandon their very early-stage startups for day jobs in finance or consulting, Gupta said.The investors youth was seen as a sign of inexperience to some potential limited partners in their fund s earlier days, Gupta and Chheda said.It has also seen one company deadpool, however– Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, which closed shop in spring this year after raising a tranched Series A round from Romulus and others.The Romulus portfolio also includes: ClassPass, which lets customers book and take classes at any listed gym or fitness studio for a flat monthly rate; Placester which provides site creation and other tools to help real estate agents do business online; E la Carte, a maker of tablets for restaurant tables that allow patrons to pay without waiting on a check; and Ginger.io an app that tracks a user s mental health then alerts and helps them when they need counseling.
Fitness trackers can help you reach your goals, if you have a plan to stay motivated...and if you can afford one in the first place.RecycleHealth, a program based at Tufts University, is collecting donated trackers to help with the second half of that equation.If you ve grown bored with your tracker, or if you loved it so much you ve already upgraded to a newer version, you can donate the one that s collecting dust by mailing it to RecycleHealth, postage-free.There are also drop-off locations in New York and Boston.For now, RecycleHealth gives them to researchers who are trying to find out whether tracker-based fitness programs can help low-income seniors, for example, or veterans with mental health issues.Read more about RecycleHealth at the links below.
Their squadrons of amusingly captioned children, all so cute and winsome… and ghoulish.The Pavlovian weeping and wailing and despair, all for the loss of singers and actors who d never once been mentioned when they were alive.Oh, the endless Left-wing politics.And all delivered with the unflappable certainty of someone who s having a chat with Jesus, despite having just been sectioned.My mental health is hard-won and fiercely-defended – and, in person, my amazing friends are the special forces who help me hold that line.Can't wait to greet the new day blessedImagine, just for an emoticon-free moment, what Facebook would be like if we were all 100 per cent honest, 100 per cent of the time.
When opening up to someone in person about mental health issues is tough, one alternative is to use Crisis Text Line, a 24-hour counseling service based around texting.According to Mashable, these initial texts follow an algorithmic design that s similar to hospital care: the people with the most urgent needs are seen first.The goal of the Crisis Counselor is to move people from a hot moment like wanting to inflict harm onto themselves or others to a cool moment, keeping them safe and healthy.The free texts to Crisis Text Line will not show up on phone bills if they re associated with the major U.S. carriers Sprint, AT, Verizon, T-Mobile .While Crisis Text Line is a legitimate way to seek help, they stress that they are not a replacement for long-term counseling, in-person therapy, or a friend.You can find more information on their FAQ page here.
Technological innovation in healthcare rehabilitation could hold the key to transforming the lives of thousands of stroke survivors by helping them to get back on their feet.By using wearable haptic bracelet devices, we re aiming to cultivate an innovative method to improve the walking of people after stroke.As a physiotherapist with a specific interest in stroke rehabilitation, I m passionate about finding and adapting technology to help people improve their ability, and ultimately their quality of life.That s why I am so excited about our new project working alongside computer engineers and stroke survivors to collaboratively develop a wearable piece of technology to help with the evenness, or symmetry of walking, after stroke.Walking asymmetrically occurs when more time is spent on one leg than the other and happens after stroke as damage to the brain leads to reduced muscle activity on one side of the body.Consequently, many people simply avoid walking outside and going out, which ultimately results in the loss of their social networks and triggers poorer physical and mental health.
If there is one good thing to come out of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, it s that the collective outrage at his lenient sentence has inspired scores of people to seek support and speak out about their own sexual assaults.This includes providing resources for making a police report, physical and mental health care options, and women s shelters and clinics, as well as providing a supportive and empathetic ear.Candice Lopez, the director of RAINN s National Sexual Assault Hotline, told The Huffington Post that this increase in hotline traffic is very likely caused by the wide scope of issues that Turner s case has brought into the public consciousness.Lopez also said that in this particular case, the amount of victim-blaming that occurred is also potentially very triggering.Self-blame plays a huge role IN a sexual assault survivor s recovery, where there is already a tremendous likelihood of mental health issues like depression or PTSD.With the release of Brock Turner s victim s powerful statement, came the raw details of the humiliation the survivor felt while being grilled about her sexual history, her choice to consume alcohol at a party and her choice of dress.
Facebook Inc. FB 0.87 % published on Tuesday new details on how it conducts research using the personal information it collects on Facebook users, amid a flurry of efforts to create privacy and ethical standards for corporate research involving human data.Because the issues of how to deal with research in an industry setting aren t unique to Facebook, the company decided to release more details, said Molly Jackman, Facebook s public-policy research manager and co-author of the paper published in Washington and Lee Law Review.If a manager determines that a research project deals with sensitive topics such as mental health, the study gets a detailed review by the group to weigh risks and benefits, as well as to consider whether it is in line with consumers expectations of how their information is stored.Facebook hired longtime Stanford University IRB manager Lauri Kanerva, who co-wrote the paper, to oversee its research review process.The amount of information companies such as Facebook collect on people enables their researchers to study a deeper and broader cross-section of the population than ever before, said Jeremy Birnholtz, a communications professor at Northwestern University who worked at Facebook last year as a research fellow studying the company s data.Certainly, tech companies have not had IRBs, which are often regarded as bureaucratic, said Duncan Watts, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research.
Other users could report posts through a form, but the new tools make the process quicker and less complicated.The company s global head of safety Antigone Davis and researcher Jennifer Guadagno wrote that the tools were developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with input from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide.The tools were first made available to some users in the United States last year with the help of Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org.The post may also be reviewed by Facebook s global community operations team, which may then reach out to this person with information that might be helpful to them, according to its Help Center.If someone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, however, Facebook warns that police should be contacted.In the U.S., suicide rates are at their highest in three decades, particularly among men of all ages and women aged 45 to 64.
Facebook is rolling out a new suicide prevention tool, which hopes to provide help and support to those in crisis.Suicide prevention charities Samaritans and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have warned that in many suicide cases, there has been evidence of a cry for help posted online before someone has gone on to take their life.shutterstockIn an effort to help around prevention, Facebook s new tool allows friends to discreetly and anonymously flag posts that may indicate a suicidal state of mind.If the content is deemed to indicate potentially suicidal thoughts then the original poster is offered a series of options, including access to a suicide helpline, reading materials, and other tips and support.SEE ALSOThe service has been developed alongside mental health organisations in the UK and people who have first hand experiences of self-harm and suicide.Since 2011 Facebook had a little-known feature for highlighting potential suicidal content, but users had to manually upload a screenshot of the post and put it on the dedicated suicide prevention page.
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