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A roundup for 'Mental Health Awareness Week'

“I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to,” wrote Sylvia Plath in autobiographical novel the Bell Jar. This was a supremely successful, talented woman who wrote brilliantly about her depression and ended up committing suicide by putting her head in an oven.

There is no accounting for what goes on in people’s heads. It can bear no relationship to physical reality. It can remain hidden to the rest of the world. And anything outside ‘normal’ – even if it is only self-destructive - is regarded with abject suspicion. This is why Mental Health Awareness Week is so important… it helps promote an understanding of one of the most stigmatised areas of health.

New technology for ‘untreatable’ depression

Over the last couple of years a number of devices have emerged which aim treat serious clinical depression. Still, in their early stages these seem to be fairly effective and are beginning to gain medical acceptance around the world. In December we spoke to experts, vendors and health professionals to learn more.

-          Read the article here

‘Computer game therapy’ for depression 

It takes a long time for ‘alternative’ therapies to gain clinical acceptance. Yet one new area which looks set to grow over the next decade is ‘computer game therapy’. This month we caught up with a number of experts and industry professionals to gain their views on how this is likely to develop.

-          Read the article here

How tracking apps could change the way we view mental health

Uwe Heiss has some interesting – quite disruptive – views about health. The trouble is they sound a little crazy. At the moment he is attempting to market a placebo pill and app on Amazon for $19.90. Yet his philosophy isn’t just a gimmick. He believes tracking behaviour fundamentally alters the way we view health. We interviewed him in April.

-          Read the interview here

The terrible toll of stress on IT professionals

On top of underlying clinical health problems, the workplace itself can be very stressful indeed. And a couple of recently released studies appeared to suggest things might be slightly worse in IT.  We took a quick look at the numbers in an attempt to get to grips with the problem.

-          Read our analysis here

 

Do you have any stories about technology to treat mental health complaints or mental health in the IT workplace? If so, drop Kathryn a note. 

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