The Best Technology to Augment Mental Health Services

The impact COVID-19 has on our mental health is expected to last beyond any physical health issues. Fears of stigma mean our key workers are amongst the least likely to engage with traditional mental health services(1).
Digital therapies can achieve comparable outcomes to face-to-face therapy(2), and young men and boys say they would prefer online support, advice and counselling(3). But how do you find the right Digital Health solutions? ORCHA has reviewed 584 mental health apps to find the best.
Today, ORCHA share a snapshot of the quality of apps across a wide range of mental health conditions, and Dr Tom Micklewright discusses his views on apps that have scored well in ORCHA's Review. 

Dr Micklewright's Review of Top Apps

There is no one Digital Health technology that works for everyone with a mental health condition. To achieve good results, an app needs to engage and meet specific needs. 

In the below video, Dr Tom Micklewright shares his independent views on mental health apps that achieve good ORCHA Scores and are each designed to meet the needs of specific patient groups, including: children, teenagers, students, those with suicidal thoughts, and autistic patients or patients with a learning difficulty. 


Interested in Mental Health Services? Why not check out our free CPD-certified on-demand webinar where we discuss, 'managing mental health services digitally and remotely throughout and beyond COVID-19'. We've included a short snippet below to give you an idea of what to expect!

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2) Healthcare Conferences UK: Improving Outcomes Through Digital Psychological Therapies & Digital IAPT; NICE: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); Centre for Mental Health: Covid-19 and the nation's mental health

3) YoungMinds research reports that children and young people often look for support and advice online for their mental health – young men and boys in particular have said they would prefer online support, advice and counselling – but this support is not always available.

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