Mental Healthcare in the current crisis - What can we do together?

Currently the situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic is presenting many global and personal challenges, and particularly those who need ongoing support for their mental health concerns. To reduce the risk of infection, many Psychiatry and Psychology institutions have needed to close face-to-face outpatient services to clients. For some patients, they are not able to readily access the healthcare services they need and would rely on families and friends for ongoing support. Having strategies for coping with daily life in self-isolation, as well as reaching out to loved ones, will be important during this challenging time.

People with mental health concerns must be able to continue their treatment. Mild depression can still be a serious illness if not looked after. Where possible, patients should continue any program or medication treatment and try to get in touch with their doctor or therapist via video conferencing technologies or telephone.  Across the world, regulations are being relaxed so that more people can access therapy and support online.

For healthcare professionals, this means they will need to offer new tools and services to continue patient care in psychology or psychiatry. Experts believe that soon there will be a shift towards online prevention and treatment and in mental health services. We must also consider the psychological processes of fear and anxiety which arise during a pandemic and can further exacerbate mental health problems.

We offer you, as a psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist, opportunities to help care for your clients in the current crisis:

Online Cognitive Training -  web-based, scientifically-backed and effective

The aim is to increase cognitive performance, strengthen self-efficacy expectations, support the daily structure and motivation of the client. 

You can use MyBrainTraining® free of charge from now until 30 June 2020.

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) at home, supervised and therapeutically effective

tDCS is a non-invasive, well-tolerated neuromodulation treatment. Studies show positive small to medium effects in depression, addiction, pain, rehabilitation and several other treatment areas.

Our DC-STIMULATOR device technologies are approved and applicable for home use. It is therefore suitable for bridging the gap in clients who are currently unable to receive outpatient stimulation therapies, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for the treatment of depression.

The use of the DC-STIMULATOR Mobile device is safe and integrated with online systems so that treatment can be monitored remotely.

Supervision and Coaching

Would you like to take advantage of new teletherapy services and products? Attending a Webinar or Online Training Course is a recommended first step in delivering these technologies. Visit www.neurocademy.com, the website of our Training and Science Division, to get started. 

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