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Data called the best mental-health safety net



Herewith a look at how technology can help patients navigate what Jen Hyattt, founder and chief executive of Big White Wall, calls the “thin line between being mentally and emotionally well and mentally and emotionally unwell.”  Big White Wall is a digital mental-health and well-being service.

She cites three kinds of safety net that technology can provide for mental and emotional health.

Community:  As Med City News summarizes: “Users can discuss their issues with like-minded people, participate in therapy groups or even have one-on-one sessions with behavioral health professionals. To increase the feeling of being welcome, Big White Wall provides birthday reminders like a social network.”

Clinical: White Wall uses  the automation of such clinical functions such as behavior assessments, and better algorithms,  which let one clinician manage 1,500 people.

Data: “The previous two kinds of safety net “are driven by the most powerful safety net of all, and that it data,” Ms. Hyatt said.

These data  can help predict scores for anxiety or depression with fairly high accuracy, helping to stratify risk and find appropriate support and treatment.



‘Big White Wall’ for mental illness



Sorrowing Old Man,” by Vincent Van Gogh.

This piece in HealthAffairs looks at “the misalignment between the number of individuals who can benefit from mental health assistance and the availability of traditional services.

“Yet scale is not the only issue. Stigma, accessibility, and medical models of treatment are equal deterrents to seeking help. Poor mental health impacts us all and carries a huge socio-economic cost. Technology offers a solution and is already helping those experiencing depression, anxiety, and other such problems to lead healthier, more productive, happier lives.

Big White Wall (BWW)—a digital and behavioral health and well-being service facilitated by healthcare professionals—is one of these solutions. In the organization’s name, ‘big’ recognizes the infinite nature of human emotion; ‘white’ conveys the blank canvas the service provides; and, ‘wall’ symbolizes shelter and support, as well as the barriers we sometimes need to break through to improve mental health.”

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