World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10. It was first observed back in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. The objective behind this day is to raise awareness about mental health issues and destigmatize the topic to have an open discussion about mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. Here at Exhibit, we’re all about tech, and of course, technology does play a role in mental health. In today’s world, social media seems more happening and fun than people’s regular lives which led to a rise in these platforms having a strong link with issues like depression, loneliness, and negative feelings in general. However, social media does not comprise tech as a whole and there are many ways in which tech can play a major role in improving your mental health. Below, we’ll take a look at the way technology can help with mental health:
The search for mental health services on the internet can be intimidating, especially in a world that is so driven by technology. However, if you’ve wanted to address your mental health issues but are nervous to do so in the real world, there are many remote options at your service. Be it taking therapy online or using mental health apps, one can get help virtually if not physically.
Mental health apps are convenient and accessible, they can prove a source of support for people to occupy their minds, relieve stress, track their mood, or maintain a routine. An example could be the meditation apps which allow people to improve breathing and relax. There are also apps like Fabulous which allow users to build a daily planner and practice self-care.
Websites & Helplines
People with access to the internet and their phones can avail of a number of services to help them through a mental health crisis. People can use the tools available on the internet to find information about mental health problems, symptoms, and treatment options. In India, there are a number of online portals like Suicide Prevention India Foundation and The Mitram Foundation which provide confidential emotional support to people going through a mental health crisis in their lives. People seeking immediate mental health support in India can reach out to the numbers listed below –
- Mitram Foundation – 08025722573 or 9019708133
- AASRA – 91-9820466726
- Lifeline Foundation – 9088030303
The internet has made mental health treatment more accessible. E-Therapy programs have made it easier for people to access therapy and do so without having to leave the comfort of their homes. People do not necessarily need to sit with a therapist face to face and can get help with the help of the internet or mobile devices. E-Therapy has also allowed some people to tackle the stigma that has been attached to mental health issues for years.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people into their homes, a rapid rise of virtual events was witnessed. There were virtual music shows, stand-up comedy events which were hosted from the comedian’s home, and much more. These virtual activities have now become a part of pop culture and surely help people with managing their mental health issues as they help in reducing anxiety and depression.