Identifying Effective Digital Mental Therapy in a Fast-Growing Pandemic Market

The following is a guest article by Ken Cahill, Chief Executive Officer, SilverCloud Health.

(Source: COVID-19 pandemic has imperiled our communities on a scale that we rarely witness, and the pressure we’ve felt from a public health and economic standpoint cannot be understated. As a leader of a digital mental health company, I’ve experienced the pandemic through the lens of our emotional wellbeing, and it’s been difficult to watch unravel.

In the United States, our mental health system already had its deficiencies – the most obvious of which is that we have a shortage of mental health professionals. Per 100,000 people, we are equipped with 30 psychologists and 15.6 psychiatrists, and over 115 million people reside in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas –  areas in which the ratio of mental health professionals to residents is smaller than 1 per 30,000 people. When those circumstances are paired with the fact that 53% of adults in the U.S have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus, we are left with a mental health pandemic in and of itself.

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