Mental Health Keys and Trends, Analysis

By pjain      Published Oct. 26, 2019, 12:21 a.m. in blog Startups   

** Part of Series on Mental Health Analysis, Solutions and Startups

Mental Health 101, Key Facts, Factors and Trends

Severe Problem - 20% CURRENTLY have MH issue

  • According to NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness:
  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 46% of homeless adults live with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.

  • As of 2019, 46 million Americans over the age of eighteen struggle with a mental health issue, and a good portion of that figure is disinclined to admit that they require attention.

SRC: https://nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

Invisible - Hard to Triage = Rationing

We need to provide access to high-quality providers. Let’s reserve the space for who really needs it.” Yet, I’m scarcely aware of a system that could properly gauge the mental health of those 46 million to prioritize “who really needs it.” Cognitive illnesses are imperceptible to the human eye, unlike a broken leg, making them difficult to diagnose. - Alyson Friedensohn of Modern Health

Stigma : People hide their lives of Quiet Desperation

In order for more people to come forward with their problems, a cultural shift is necessary to remove the stigma associated with mental health.

Inaccessible, Lack of Coverage

In the state of California, there is only one therapist for every five-hundred people, and more than 60% of those therapists don’t take insurance.

Promise of Digital, Telehealth to make more accessible

It has become apparent that this shortage can more easily be reduced through digital services, which democratize mental healthcare to those malignant individuals who have isolated themselves.

"Is it better to have something that is accessible, even if it isn’t the best fit for the individual?” -- Sarah Seegal

How effective, Criticality - not "meditation/relaxation"

  • Take for example resources such as Headspace, a company that offers bite-sized guided meditations for busy schedules.

Can Apps treat severe anxiety, panic attacks?

However, Headspace also provides SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns.

There are a great deal of apps on the market which target depression and anxiety that I am sure achieve similar outcomes.

Will every human-centered design endeavor should end in the creation of an app.

Rising deaths

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 15–24.

Negative and Contrarian View: Does it Work? Or is it just Adding on to Health Care costs?

Suck it up! Lack of will ower

Mostly due to Drugs Abuse

Opiate abuse key factor

ObamaCare mandated Mental health - very expensive 20 visits $20 => $2k/patient

Homelessness

Liberal View: Mental Health Care System is Crazy, Not the People

Long Wait Times

Unaffordable Treatment

No Peer Support

Quantified Mental Health

Enterprise Wellness

The Future of Wellness Policy

Dan Seider, Founder of Misu

Quantified Mental Health & The Future of Wellness Policy

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19, Dan’s life was thrown upside down. After finding stability Dan wanted to give back to the mental health community by finding a way to automatically track people’s moods so they can take control of their mental health. Years later he’s now developed an application called Misu which is like a Fitbit for your mood. Misu measures mood through facial expressions hundreds of times a day, giving you insights into your trends and triggers. Join this talk to learn about how new technology can help improve emotional awareness, wellbeing, and learn how your apps and web browsing impact your mental health. We will discuss how this data can be used to shape policy that drives companies like Facebook and Youtube to improve America’s mental health; we will explore why the political climate is ripe for wellness policy, and the parallels between this and anti-tobacco regulation.

==== Special Groups

Women

Myisha Hill – Brown Sisters Speak

Myisha Hill is a mental health advocate, speaker and social entrepreneur from Oakland, CA. She is the founder of Brown Sisters Speak, a mental health advocacy and peer support organization for women of color. She is also Oakland City Leader for Sidewalk Talk, a community listening project which offers community listening on city sidewalks. This 20-minute presentation gives insight on how peer support inclusive spaces for BIWOC allow womxn of color to speak our truth and help break free from the stigma and shame of mental illness. 1. My story; My why 2. How storytelling helps us heal 3. 3 ways peer support empowers us to live mentally well. 4. Why speaking our truth helps us break the stigma of mental illness.

Patients of Cancer, HIV and Mental Health

Transgender, LGBTQ

transCONNECT

  • Laiah Idelson Redefining Crazy 2019 – Combating Stigma and Increasing Provider Competence: Utilizing Technology for Inclusive Transgender & HIV Care Laiah Idelson, MSPH YTH Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Lead

How might we engage providers in capacity-building and engagement in supporting transgender and/or non-conforming people in healthcare systems? transCONNECT is a social franchising program and digital education platform offering HIV care providers capacity and competence in caring for transgender and non-binary (TGNB) patients. transCONNECT offers providers education on transgender and non-binary gender identities, cultural humility, trans & non-binary experiences in healthcare settings, HIV care and prevention, and best practices when working with marginalized identities. Developed as a digital education tool using the human-centered design process, transCONNECT offers a flexible learning opportunity for a variety of learning types that is accessible to providers with varying knowledge of TGNB care, and access to digital learning platforms. Supported by a social franchising network of brand and training, transCONNECT offers consistency and empowerment to connect inclusive providers with their local TGNB communities.

Engaging providers in trans-competent and inclusive care is essential for patient mental health. After initial access, the training tool allows access to content when offline. In an effort to normalize and expand gender care globally, the platform will offer the opportunity to customize, access, and educate providers to support marginalized gender identities from all over the world, in a variety of settings and time zones. Supported by social franchising, the transCONNECT program will disrupt global provider educational inequities or gaps in knowledge; from the healthcare worker in the field to the physician in a hospital. The YTH team will share the evaluation results of the pilot study conducted from May-July 2019, where we expect to showcase findings and lessons learned, as well as a review of the human-centered design process and development of the social franchising program in the context of trans-inclusive care.

Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the importance of trans-inclusive healthcare on patients mental health, social franchising in the context of trans-inclusive care, identify the steps of youth-centered health design, and identify techniques for uniting the transgender and non-binary community with trans-competent medical and HIV providers.

Trans Lifeline

Chris Garaffa, Trans Lifeline Technology Director, Redefining Crazy 2019 Session – Helping from Everywhere: How Trans Lifeline Works Remotely

The operators on Trans Lifeline’s peer and crisis support hotline for trans and questioning people have answered over 18,000 calls from across the globe so far in 2019 and over 76,000 calls since our founding in 2014. As we don’t have a dedicated call center, our staff and volunteer operators are located across the US and Canada and we’ve developed unique technology solutions to help callers connect with our operators.

In addition, our Friends & Family line allows for confidential call-backs from cis and trans volunteers to family, friends, teachers, medical professionals and supporters of trans people who have questions about how best to support our community. To build trust and foster community with our callers, and in accordance with our unique “no non-consensual active rescue” policy, we guarantee that operators and callers are able to communicate anonymously, sharing only information they each choose to share. In addition, our operators often need to debrief about calls, de-stress or connect with each other for support after calls. We’ve designed our systems so that as they connect around the country and the world, operators and callers don’t get access to each other’s locations, phone numbers, or even names. Even with this privacy-based design, we’ve maintained the ability to do data analysis on themes and trends. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the ways we’ve used and developed technologies to enable our service to provide anonymous, confidential peer support with remote volunteers and staff serving callers from around the world. We’ll also share a number of things we’ve learned along the way in our development of these solutions for others to keep in mind.


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