Considering 76% of people believe companies should be doing more to support the mental health of their workforce, it is clear that most current workplace mental health initiatives are either insufficient or ineffective. Employees are apprehensive about workplace initiatives, especially when they’re told a piece of paper with a wellness action plan is going to solve their mental health problems.
It’s time to step-up! Workplaces are in need of something new…
Luckily, there’s a thing in tech called Moore’s law, which indicates that the advancement of technology is exponential. In fact, for the past 50 years the power of tech has doubled every two years.
This means there’s some exciting technology on the horizon that you’ll soon see in workplaces to improve employee mental health, and it’ll probably be here much faster than you’d expect. Here are 3 tools to improve workplace mental health coming in the next 3 years.
AI Mental Health Diagnosis
This year, a new book was released called Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry. Written by clinical psychiatrist and pain physician Daniel Barron, it highlights the need for AI mental health diagnosis for data-driven psychiatry. Barron states:
“Every time a patient comes into the clinic or emergency room, that whole interaction is a data-gathering procedure. Clinicians are asking patients questions related to potential diagnoses or treatments, and they’re observing the patient. All of this is about data and the reason why that’s important is because good clinical decisions require really good data – so the longer it takes you to get the necessary data, or rather higher quality data, the longer that interaction will be.“
Barron proposes that patients are regularly subjected to temperature, weight, and blood pressure reads, yet it is challenging to gather data for mental health diagnosis. This service will soon be offered through a range of new AI-based methods. One example of this is using a webcam to detect any of the symptoms that come with mental health issues. An interesting study on driver facial analysis to detect driver moods to improve safety shows that this method is already very plausible. AI-based mental health diagnosis is something we’re really excited about, and also the major ambition behind the KaktusBrain project here at KaktusAI; to find innovative ways to detect indications of employee mental health issues.
Online and Digital Treatment
It is thought that mental-health programs will be dominated by treatment solutions through easy-to-access portals that offer a range of services. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, and meditation services will become easily accessible in the workplace. Allowing an employee to speak to someone from the relevant area of expertise is vital in supporting their mental health treatment. This form of treatment is personal and connecting via the internet means instant and increased likelihood of being able to find someone who can support your needs.
Some will argue that employees won’t even be interacting with human’s for mental health treatment, but computers instead! Once an employee is diagnosed, a service like Woebot could be implemented that is more specific to the user’s needs based on their diagnosis.
Woebot is an automated conversational agent (chatbot) to help monitor mood and learn about yourself. If implemented in the workplace, this could enable instant access to mental health treatment, allow data collection that is challenging for a human to obtain, and be at a low-cost.
Sci-Fi-like Mental Health Maintenance
After diagnosis and treatment, all employees require a way to support an improved level of mental health. OmniPEMF‘s slogan “Choose your mood. Energize your body.”, sounds like it was lifted from the poster of a sci-fi film. OmniPEMF offer a wearable headset that utilises a pulsed electromagnetic field to emit electromagnetic waves at different frequencies.
This process can stimulate and encourage the body’s natural recovery process and has actually been FDA approved since 1979, allowing the healing of pain, depression, anxiety, and more. Only recently has the technology been made into a device that OmniPEMF says it’s suitable for home-use… So if it’s suitable for home-use, couldn’t it be suitable for work-use too?
Diagnosis, Treatment, and Maintenance
The technology mentioned above for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Maintenance is likely to become well-known very soon. With such innovative ideas coming, we are in a very exciting position to witness the huge steps in improving workplace mental health.