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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week I


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Every week on, CMC has been reviewing new mental health technologies. First was online psychological aids such as websites and mobile apps.

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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week I

  1. 1. Mental Health Technology Correctional Medical Care Week One: Online Aids
  2. 2. A note from Correctional Medical Care: For the past few weeks on, we’ve decided to use this platform to outline and highlight recent and ever­ evolving methods of mental health care. The topic of technological advancements can polarize an audience; some believe that with each step forward technology takes comes a coinciding step forward for mankind. Others believe that we’ve become too reliant on technology, citing our seeming dependence on smartphones, television and tablet computers.  To view our blog posts, visit
  3. 3. Mental Illness Today Anyone who suffers from a mental health issue say that in no way, shape or form is the disease a predictable, cognitively fluid and easy to foresee condition. For the roughly one in four Americans who suffer from a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition, a panic attack or particularly bad bout of depression can strike anywhere, at any time, for seemingly no reason.
  4. 4. Before Online Psychological Aids Before technological advances, resources for those who were suffering were incredibly limited. Psychologists and psychiatrists are typically not available for a phone call or consultation at all hours of the night and every day of the week. Without anywhere to turn or anyone to speak with for advice and remedies, those suffering from a panic attack of depressed episode were often left completely in the dark. 
  5. 5. Online Psychological Aids Now Now, the internet and smartphones have helped to shape the way that we treat and cope with mental illness. While a quick trip to WebMD is not necessarily an adequate substitute for a trip to your doctor or mental health professional, other websites and even mobile applications have advanced far enough to become legitimately helpful in times of stress. Although these advances in technology may seem basic at first glance, without websites and mobile apps designed to aid those in need, many sufferers would be left without options.
  6. 6. Online Psychological Aids Now MentalHealth.Gov is a simple website that combines treatment options as well as recognition aids. Part of the United States government’s mission of reforming mental health treatment and ending stigmatization, gives in­depth looks into the signs and symptoms of various mental health disorders as well as celebrity testimonials and resources to talk to those suffering and where to seek help. 
  7. 7. Online Psychological Aids Now Other websites such as Xenzone offer online counseling and 24­ hour accessibility to counseling strategies and tips. Simple music sharing and quick­access music playing applications are often used by those suffering from depressive episodes and panic attacks to calm their emotional state and help them return to a more stable state of mind. 
  8. 8. Online Psychological Aids Now Apps: Moody Me Mobile apps like Moody Me can help the user track his or her mood over the course of days, weeks and months to help in the identification of triggers and symptoms of impending mood swings.