“The Mental Health Blueprint recognises the power of technology to help people’s mental health and reduce the treatment gap for people accessing help,” said Healthshare CEO, Rami Weiss, in a statement. The company has recently launched an app, called Connect, to allow people communicate with a qualified Australian therapist through a messaging platform. Weiss noted that the app does not replace traditional counselling, but it could help new technologies promote more accessible mental health support to people.
A recent survey, released in November, indicates that technology is leading rapid shifts in social norms. Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2015 shows that instant messaging has been widely used than phone calls by 18- to 24-year-olds.”