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How mobile, wearable, and social tech is improving mental health care

How mobile, wearable, and social tech is improving mental health care | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it

““An increasing number of innovative mobile apps, social services, and even wearable devices are now offering new forms of outreach, treatment adjuncts, and access to resources for mental health...”


Via Luis Valdes
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It is important to integrate mental healthcare into current technology. Apps, tracking devices, social networks, and so on all contribute to better monitoring of patients. Apps on smartphones may also help caregivers keep up to date with reminders, new information and so on to provide the best care for their patients. This is especially useful for non professional caregivers, such as family members who take care of their loved ones suffering from mental illness.

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Rise in mental health patient suicides prompts call for improved home treatment safety

Rise in mental health patient suicides prompts call for improved home treatment safety | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
Number of suicide deaths of mental health patients hits 10 year high but homicide numbers drop, national inquiry finds.

Via irissorg
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In mental health facilities, safety is important. When dealing with mental illness, the extent of the effects are not always obvious, hence it is up to the healthcare professionals too utilise their training and predict high risk cases. Quality construction of mental health facilities can also help with providing quality treatment and avoiding accidents.

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Mental health treatment is stretching services to the limit, report warns

Mental health treatment is stretching services to the limit, report warns | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
The number of people needing treatment will have increased by more than 2 million by 2030
Kayalvizhi Mathivanan's insight:

Providing healthcare for mental ailments is becoming difficult nowadays with the "ageing and growing population" as outlined in this article. This especially hits close to home, as Singapore is moving towards an ageing population, and with more immigrants coming on over the last few years, a growing population as well. Yet, the number of facilities for treating these people is not growing. Hence, a good solution would be to look into preventive measures. In my opinion, the first step would be awareness; being aware of mental issues and their causes may help people take measures to help themselves lead a healthier lifestyle mind-wise.

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With federal help, Midtown mental health clinic treats body and mind - Detroit Free Press

With federal help, Midtown mental health clinic treats body and mind - Detroit Free Press | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
With federal help, Midtown mental health clinic treats body and mind
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Central City, in Detroit's re-enegized Midtown, has served people with mental illness since the 1970s.
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Government funding is essential for mental health. While most insurance policies and government subsidies in Singapore cover physical ailments, mental ones are kept out of the loop. The opening of this federal funded mental health clinic in Detroit is a step in the right direction for the government helping less financially stable people get access to quality mental healthcare. This can be taken as an example for the government here to also come up with measures to help those suffering from mental illnesses.

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Psychiatric wards 'neglect' duty

Psychiatric wards 'neglect' duty | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
Psychiatric hospitals must consider the children of those who are given compulsory mental health treatment, according to a health watchdog.

Via Jane Young
Kayalvizhi Mathivanan's insight:

Providing appropriate treatment to the patients alone is not enough; healthcare professionals should also provide avenues for patients' families to cope with their loved ones' condition. This article talks about how children of patients in psychiatric wards must be given ways to communicate with their parents and understand what is happening. I feel that this practice must be extended to all close family members, such as spouses, parents, and maybe even a few close friends. Social support is essential for patients to recover from their condition or at least manage it effectively. By providing these avenues of communication to family and friends, healthcare professionals can also benefit as it helps with treatment in the long run.

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Smartphone app may revolutionize mental health treatment

Smartphone app may revolutionize mental health treatment | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
A new technology is poised to transform the way in which patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Their new smartphone-based system detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them to professionals in real time. It has the potential to greatly improve the response time and efficacy of clinical psychiatrists.

Via Cathryn Wellner
Kayalvizhi Mathivanan's insight:

Technology should be integrated into current treatment methods, so why not use technology that everyone is already familiar with and always has access to? The smartphone is a smart choice for this purpose. With the software on smart phones becoming more "smarter" so to say, it will be easy to track a person's phone use, or maybe even their locations, and see if their behaviour is deviating from the norm. Of course, privacy is an issue, but this is under work to make sure that it does not infringe on anyone's rights. 

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1 in 10 wait a year for mental health treatment

1 in 10 wait a year for mental health treatment | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it
ONE in ten mentally ill patients are being forced to wait more than a year for counselling, amid claims excessive delays are making the problem worse.

Via CBT Interventions
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Reports form Scotland say that many people wait for more than 3 months to get treatment for mental illness, and for some the waiting time goes up to even a year. As seen in many similar reports, the trend is rising, and it is having detrimental effects on the patients. Illness can only be mitigated with treatment, and if the treatment itself comes after the illness has manifested in a large extent, then it may even be worthless. 

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Mental health care delay concerns

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A mental health charity calls for improvement in treatment and attitudes to patients after a survey showed many were not getting the right treatment quickly enough.
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Like any physical ailment, mental issues must also be addressed early for effective treatment. Some examples of mental illnesses that benefit from early intervention include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, and so on. Due to not-so-efficient system, people are taking longer and longer to get their mental healthcare needs satisfied through the right person. referrals and appointments take time, and even then the number of facilities available are not on par with the demand. A better system of referrals must be put in place to reduce waiting time for receiving care. 

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Concern over record numbers detained for mental health treatment

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CQC says detention of so many patients who were admitted informally for care is a 'serious cause for concern'

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Mental health is a touchy subject, and it is up to healthcare providers to put it into perspective. If left unchecked, it may lead to abuse of patients, which seems to be the case outlined in this article in The Guardian; people who went for routine or informal visits to a mental health facility ended up being detained under the Mental Health Act in England. They were placed under restrictions that had no legal or scientific basis. Healthcare professionals must be provided with proper training and also proper definitions for what kind of patients they should detain and which ones they can simply keep under observation.

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Is modern treatment of mental health lacking compassion?

Is modern treatment of mental health lacking compassion? | Mental Health - Treatment and Patient Care | Scoop.it

Study survey shows that compassion is vital to a patient's full recovery...

 

‘For most clinicians, compassionate care matters because it is fundamental to the practice of medicine, ethically sound and humane,’ according to Beth Lown M.D., the lead author.

 

‘However, there is also strong evidence that compassionate care improves health outcomes and quality of life, increases patient satisfaction, and lowers health care costs. Particularly as our health care system faces such intense pressure to reduce costs, we must make sure that this critically important element of health care is not lost,’ Lown added.

 

To ensure that all patients receive compassionate care, the Schwartz Center recommends that:...

 

By Liz Lockhart


Via Edwin Rutsch
Kayalvizhi Mathivanan's insight:

Even though new methods of treatment are being developed constantly, it is important to note the basics of healthcare, be it mental or physical. Compassion during treatment, as outlined in this article, has been shown to be a significant predictor of patient satisfaction and recovery in several studies. If coupled with new treatments and continued into the recovery period for a patient, it may also help prevent relapse in mental issues. This is because patients will be more willing to make an effort to listen to their healthcare providers and follow their advice correctly.

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