A rare opportunity to hear the world's leading experts discussing how to get the policy and standards context right in digital mental health solutions.
The pandemic has put enormous strain on lots of people’s mental health and shone a spotlight on issues that were there before. This correlates with the increasing uptake of digital mental health tools and services we are seeing, as people around the world grapple with COVID-19. Consumer’s mental health combined with an acute need for remote services is driving the digital movement. In France for example, cases of depression doubled across 2020 and at the same time VCs boosted funding provision for mental health start-ups by 4.5 times. There has been a proliferation of various digital mental health tools to meet this high demand. International data shows that less than a quarter of those tools and services meet minimum standards for safety and effectiveness. Governments and mental health service providers at local, regional, state, and national levels are struggling to keep up with the pace of development, which has caught everyone off guard.
In this Special Interest Group webinar, leaders from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore will discuss a range of responses by different countries to get the eMental Health Policy and Standards context right. Government responses have taken many forms including developing eMental Health Strategies, Frameworks, and/or Standards, in order to inform effective commissioning and implementation. While good steps have been taken across various jurisdictions, much work remains to be done.