There has been a much needed increase in awareness of mental health issues in recent years, and due to the rise in reported cases, there are many companies now looking at ways to deal with the numbers.
According to the World Health Organisation, there are more than 300 million people globally suffering from depression, with almost 800,000 people turning to suicide each year. Unfortunately, the demand for specialist help has been met with decreased health care services. Enter, the new age of therapy.
Whilst there is no getting away from the importance of the human touch when it comes to healthcare, especially mental health. The possibilities that chatbots are opening up for the treatment of mental health are fascinating. Chatbots can treat large numbers of people, in any area of the world so long as there is internet connectivity. This already gives them a huge advantage over a human. Not to mention that as sufferers may deal with social anxiety, talking or texting with a program could be seen extremely favorable as compared to face-to-face sessions in some cases.
There has been increased investment in start-ups focusing on societal good. These young companies are wanting to leave their mark and innovate where innovation …
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