How a seismic shift to telemedicine is changing mental health care for the better

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Faced with an exploding demand from stressed-out patients, health care systems and insurers have been rushing to adopt telecare policies. Is the change here to stay? There’s a growing mental health crisis brought on COVID-19. A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression—a startling increase from roughly one in 10 people last year. Read Full Story

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This digital therapy platform aims to help kids stuck at home

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School and camp closures have left children suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. Brightline is here to help. Many health experts are worried that the kids are not alright. The pandemic response has severed children from school and, for many, their support system. A lot of kids rely on school for food, mentorship, mental health care, and the stability that a daily routine can bring. To reach children that are having a hard time coping and those who may be suffering more long term issues, a company called Brightline is launching a behavioral health platform for kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read Full Story

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The 10 most innovative health companies of 2020

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This year’s honorees include Maven Clinic, Northwell Health, and RxSense. In 2020, healthcare seems more expensive and harder to get than ever, despite the industry representing a third of the U.S. economy. Legacy business and heavy regulations means change comes slowly. This year’s Most Innovative Health Companies are trying to bring care up to 21st-century standards faster by bringing it online and finding clever ways to bring down cost. While major shifts are happening inside big companies like Amazon and CVS, Fast Company chose to highlight some lesser known movers and shakers like Lyra Health, which is combining offline and online mental healthcare for maximum success, or Suki AI, which is transcribing doctors’ speech so they don’t have to take notes during an exam. Read Full Story

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How #BlackTherapistsMatter became a rallying cry for Black mental health

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As the pandemic and social unrest have put a strain on Black Americans’ mental health, Black therapists have united around a hashtag to provide help. The hashtag appeared last summer, shortly after George Floyd’s murder and right in the middle of waves of protests and violent confrontations with police: #BlackTherapistsMatter. Therapists and therapists-to-be started using it both to remind people to take care of their mental health, and as a beacon. #BlackTherapistsMatter was a signal in the noise, a way of indicating where Black Americans could find therapists who look like them. Read Full Story

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This is the mental health impact on young adults from erratic school closures

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Uncertainty around school status is weighing emotionally on teens’ minds, along with other concurrent concerns unique to the age group. I am a mental health professional who has worked with adolescents and young adults for more than 15 years. Though I am not a public health specialist, pediatrician, or an expert who can comment on school reopenings , from where I sit today, I am gravely concerned about the mental health impact of the erratic school closures on our already emotionally and mentally vulnerable youth population. When our public officials roll out and then roll back school reopening plans in the span of days or weeks, the mental health whiplash is tremendous. And we are seeing the effects in real time. Read Full Story

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