Digital technology in mental healthcare

Current Project

Published 19/10/2021

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In recent years there has been great advances in the development of technology used to assess, monitor, and manage mental health conditions, and to improve mental wellbeing. These technologies include, but aren’t limited to, smartphone apps, chatbots, wearable tech, and virtual reality. These have the ability to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, but also raise a number of ethical issues.

The shift towards new contactless forms of mental health support has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic – it created a need for innovative ways to access mental healthcare; led to our increased use and familiarisation with remote healthcare technologies, such as apps; and also, increased the demand for mental health support, with many people experiencing fears, stress, and social isolation brought on by COVID-19.

In May 2021, we held a workshop to identify recent advancements in technologies for mental health support and the ethical and social issues arising from their use. We are now planning to engage with a broader range of stakeholders, including people with lived experience of mental health conditions, and we are developing a briefing note to further explore the ethical and social issues arising from the use of digital technologies for mental health support.

The briefing note is due to be published in early 2022.

If you would like to find out more, please email Claudia Corradi.

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Claudia Corradi

Claudia Corradi

Research Officer

Claudia undertakes research to support the Council’s work. She also monitors developments in different areas of interest to the Council. Before joining the Council, she has been a research assistant in the field of cognitive neuroscience and completed a BA in Philosophy and an MSc in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience.