The second instalment in our series of technology landscape reviews.
This research explores the tech startups deploying solutions for the mental health care market. We describe the technologies contributing to the solutions as well as specific implementations, and the benefits they bring to citizens and the mental health care workforce.
There are major opportunities in adult social care for the improvement of care using technology, from both a workforce and citizen perspective. Mental healthcare sits between health and care and there are substantial opportunities to deploy technology to improve mental health.
There is a small niche of mental healthcare companies using technology in an innovative way, although this is tiny in comparison to healthcare or other sectors.
Targeted support and intervention is needed to grow the sector to provide an adequate range of companies to suit the needs of individuals, care is not one size fits all and neither are tech solutions.
“Support for mental health has needed improvement for many years in the UK. The pathways for accessing services are convoluted, waiting lists are extensive, and outcomes are poor over the long term. “The pandemic has exacerbated an already difficult clinical and care context. It is unclear how the Government's mental health recovery plan will be implemented for citizens alongside health and care workers. A complementary approach including face-to-face care and digital support tools will be useful. “Coming up with new ways to maintain good mental health, in a preventative way, will be as essential as providing tools for acute care and we believe technology has a significant role to play.” Dr Peter Bloomfield, Head of Policy and Research
We are keen to expand the research and improve the quality of the data, hence we encourage any startups to contact us ([email protected]) if they are not currently represented in this piece and believe they should be.