Electronic mental health (E-health) refers to the use of digital networking, the internet, and other modalities to provide psychosocial services to patients with mental health issues. Due to its versatile approach, E-health is reducing the treatment gap in mental healthcare. World Health Organization (WHO) has also recommended using E-mental healthcare in its recently published policy brief.
Why E-mental healthcare?
E-mental health services serve the purpose of preserving and promoting mental health in those who are more prone to develop mental illnesses or have mild-to-moderate mental health issues. Many benefits are associated with E-mental health, such as:
- Remotely accessible as internet and smartphone availability are the main requisites for E-mental health. Thus, it can be accessed anywhere and anytime.
- Regional equity despite disparities in mental health budgets of different states.
- Cost-effective, and thus, it can be dispersed to a large population.
- Reduce waitlists for patients seeking immediate mental health support.
- Early diagnosis and intervention due to remote availability.
Role of E-mental health in Blended Care:
E-mental health is an integral part of blended care in which both video consultations and face-to-face meet-ups are arranged depending on the severity of symptoms and a patient’s needs. Blended care seems to be the future of psychology as it can be a way to tackle the issue of overburden on mental health services.
How does it work?
The core concept of E-mental health facilities is based on self-care. A patient with a smartphone can easily access and utilize these services for the preservation of mental health. A persistent increase in mental health and substance abuse issues and deficiencies of mental health services due to financial restraints is broadening the gap between supply and demand. E-mental healthcare, on the other hand, can provide such support services over electronic access.
Who can take benefit from E- mental health?
E-mental health assists a wide range of patients with mental health issues such as:
- Those who are more prone to develop mental health issues in the near future.
- Those who have mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental illnesses.
- Those who seek mental health support and recognize their symptoms.
However, those patients with severe symptoms, co-morbid personality disorders, or risk of self-harm are encouraged to get treatment from emergency mental healthcare facilities.
Current Pandemic and E-mental health services:
E-mental health services have evolved significantly during the contemporary situation of COVID-19 due to social distancing policies. New Zealand, Australia, and United States have shifted to Telepsychiatry based on video consultations between a psychiatrist and a patient. The governments have published guidelines, protocols, and standards to practice Telepsychiatry. Even though it cannot meet the standards of face-to-face meetings, it is proving highly efficient and beneficial for promoting, caring, and preserving global mental health amid the pandemic.
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