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AI and Mental Health: Empowering Treatments Through Technology

By Adele Calello

Currently, mental health experts rely on paper forms and patient surveys to track and address care of mental health concerns: however, such methods are laborious and time-consuming, lacking consistent data standardization, resulting in a scarcity of information for advancing research and developing effective care methodologies. Nowadays, there are already Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications focused on mental health, such as digital platforms and AI chatbots; these tools are extremely useful in assisting and supporting individuals in their treatments.

Starting from digital platforms, Meru Health is a digital mental health clinic powered by AI, that aims to provide health treatments for depression, anxiety, and stress. This app is designed to tailor individualized treatment plans according to each user's specific needs, also delivering online counseling and coaching services.

Ginger is another mental health platform that provides online coaching, support, and treatment: once registered into the Platform, users can access and download video sessions provided by certified therapists, as well as chat-based treatment and personalized care programs. Ginger's focuses on convenient and easily accessible mental health support, representing one of the frontrunners in this market.

AI chatbots also represent a useful application of Artificial Intelligence to mental health treatments. Among these, Woebot is designed to apply cognitive-behavioral therapy methods to support users in managing their mental health. Thanks to personalized discussions, daily check-ins, and mood monitoring, Woebot is an extremely valuable tool and is expected to continue developing and evolving. Wysa is another AI chatbot that aims to promote mental wellness through cognitive-behavioral therapy methods. This app includes user-personalized dialogues, guided meditation, and mood tracking, earning positive reviews and promising potential future development.

All things combined, Artificial Intelligence plays a crucial role in managing and treating mental health issues. Numerous individuals are actively utilizing mental health applications for various needs, such as mood tracking, stress management, and communication with mental health professionals.

The widespread success of AI applications designed for mental health can be attributed to several factors, including easy access to mental health services, accurate assessment, and tailored assistance to users. These apps offer a wide array of features and services, including cognitive training and chat-based therapy, displaying how Artificial Intelligence can contribute to mental health treatment by delivering easily accessible, convenient, and personalized support through these services.

OCCAM believes in the crucial role of technology and AI in the field of mental health and has been advocating and working for its implementation for the past twenty years, by promoting several initiatives and supporting different projects aimed at promoting good health and well-being through digital innovations.



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