In global mental health, innovation could mean the difference between life and death.
The ways we’ve been treating – or not treating – mental illness have not been effective. Currently, 1 in 4 people will develop a mental illness in their lifetime, and less than one-third of those who suffer will seek treatment.
The patients who are aware of their moods, and have decent medical insurance and the wherewithal to ask for help, may get prescriptions. But pharmaceuticals have certain limitations: they have side effects; they require adherence; and they can’t hold our hands when we cry.
Our infographic paints a picture of the global mental health scene and calls for innovations that might reduce stigma and increase access to care for those suffering from mental illness.
If you are familiar with an innovative use of technology in the treatment of mental illness, we’d love to hear about it!