The critical role of digital mental health therapy

oag-logo-main(Source: Dr Lloyd Humphreys, clinical psychologist, NHS Innovation Accelerator alumnus and Head of Europe at SilverCloud Health, explores the aspects of delivering mental health services after COVID-19 and the important future role of digital mental health therapy

Five months into the pandemic and with predictions of a forthcoming “tsunami” of mental health issues as a result, is current UK mental health provision structured to cope and directed towards the correct strategy?

Mental health has had a very different experience during COVID-19 than the acute services coping with managing the infection, where capacity was significantly increased. Instead, mental health services have been closed, staff re-deployed or had to work from home and referrals have fallen, in some cases by up to 90%.

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