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In recent years, we have been hearing a lot about the potential of digital doctors and nurses: the example of AI becoming directly in charge of our welfare. Being a logical step after AI assisting in diagnostics and treatment path evaluation, digitalisation of medical professionals is something that the broad public still isn’t completely comfortable with.

But what if the technology turns to the mental health and digitalises, not physicians, but psychologists? The implications all favour to the introduction of AI into the sphere: one-fourth of the adult population is estimated to be affected by mental disorders. According to the World Health Organization, depression alone afflicts roughly 300 million people around the globe. The sad truth is that not all of them can reach out for help. The obstacles are related to the still existing stigma in the society, the lack of therapists, the price of the therapy, and — in some countries — the qualification of the specialists.

It looks as if AI offers multiple opportunities to help people maintain and improve their mental health. At present, the two domains AI is expected to yield the biggest benefit are the emerging field of computational psychiatry and development of specialised chatbots that could render counselling and …

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