THE RISE OF DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING TOOLS
It has become evident and not just during this week of “Mental Health Awareness” that technology has come to the forefront of supporting human wellbeing.
A force for good through a massive selection of apps and tools which can be utilized both for personal or collective enhancement of mental health within corporations and communities alike. Ranging from features that assist in better understanding personal tech-use so to balance and create healthier habits, to mood awareness tools, music and mediation, and even reminders to take nature breaks, all with unique options tailored to resonate distinctively to individual needs.
“A force for good through a massive selection of apps and tools…”
Global Wellbeing Advancements
Recently Google released a collection of new apps meant to encourage users to minimize their use of smartphone as part of the company’s ‘Digital Wellbeing’ initiative. Some interesting concepts in apps within this initiative in Google Play include;
Unlock Clock: A live wallpaper showing the number of times you’ve unlocked your device in a day. (Google Play link)
Post Box: An app designed to help minimize digital distractions. (Google Play link) and
We Flip: A group ‘off’ switch that deactivates all devices in a group to encourage quality time together by switching off from technology (Google Play link)
Other advanced global wellbeing platforms like Mandrid-based ifeel blends self-care tools with 1-2-1 personal therapy. Founded in 2017, ifeel initially a consumer-focused therapy platform pivoted to a hybrid business model, tapping into demand from businesses to offer staff emotional support during the pandemic, making it available both to individuals via monthly subscription or as part of employer’s or insurance provider’s cover.
With this positive burst of tech induced support systems, now more than ever would seem like the best time in human history to evolve and revolutionize a long-term permanent rather than temporary shift to positive corporate and policy enhancements to prioritize and bolster up human well-being.