Technologies for Mental Health
PsyberGuide rates mental health apps on our main app guide. There are also many other new technologies that may have applications in mental health that are not strictly apps; other existing and emerging technologies include:
Attention control training games
Attention control training games are being tested for their effect on PTSD. See this report from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Hellblade combines a state-of-the-art cinematic video game with a protagonist who deals with anxiety and depression.More about Hellblade.
Other Digital Supports for Mental Health Providers & Patients
Common Ground is a web-based application that provides a way for people to organize their health information and questions before meeting with their psychiatrists to maximize the effectiveness of their in-person time.
Facial expression analysis
Research into digital analysis of facial expressions is being studied to predict schizophrenia. See the work of Louis-Philippe Morency at Carnegie Mellon.
Medisafe is an app to help individuals manage their medication regimen. Designed for all types of medication (including, but not limited to, those prescribed for psychiatric disorders), Medisafe provides tools for remembering and tracking dosages, and can even give reminders when refills are needed. The app also contains information about medications and diagnoses and links to further resources. With medication compliance representing a serious barrier to effective medical care, Medisafe may be an important addition to any illness management program.
A new study in Nature describes a trial methodology for predicting psychosis risk from automated speech analysis.
Stem4 is a basic informational website for adolescents who think they may have issues related to depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or self-harm. Stem4 also is designed for friends, family, and teachers of adolescents with these problems. While it does not provide any direct service or interventions, and relies heavily on links to outside resources, Stem4 may be a good starting place for individuals who are interested in learning more about these disorders and where to begin looking for help. Stem4 was created by developers in the UK, but users from other locations may still find this a helpful resource.
SuicideSafe is an app for behavioral health providers which provides assistance in estimating the risk for suicide. It was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and is based on the Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage guidelines.
NeuroFlow is a platform designed to promote patient engagement in therapy. The suite of tools allow both clients and providers to view progress in a single dashboard. NeuroFlow offers real-time technology and aims to optimize mental wellness and performance through effective monitoring, positive reinforcement, and targeted guidance. Homework can be assigned and completed within the platform, and users receive periodic encouraging notes and motivational messages. Learn more on their website (https://www.neuroflowsolution.com/)