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Suicide Prevention Mobile Apps

As many of you may know, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Coincidentally, about two weeks ago I came across a recently published article that reviewed iOS and Android mobile apps developed specifically for the prevention of suicide. The authors of this review make some very important points that I think should be shared regarding future development of mobile apps for this very timely topic.

Attack of the Selfies

The other day I was sitting in my physician’s waiting room, when I noticed a young lady taking pictures of herself (“selfies"). My doctor’s waiting room is for the entire clinic, including the behavioral health services. Since the topic of stigma is so often broached in the psychological field, I got to thinking about how I would feel if I were a patient here to see a therapist, instead of my general doctor. What if I didn’t want anyone to know that I was here? What if I accidentally ended up in the selfies she posts on Facebook or Twitter? What if someone recognized me?

Embracing Technology in Therapy

Working with patients with neurocognitive deficits demands flexibility, creativity and persistence on the part of the clinician. It’s the job of the clinician to understand each patient’s unique set of strengths and weaknesses in the development of a therapy program.

Bringing Behavioral Health Home

One of the biggest risks to your behavioral health is putting off treatment that could not only get you feeling better sooner, but also save your relationships, your career, and ultimately, your life. There are a lot of reasons we put off taking care of ourselves. Some things are out of our control (for example, needing to see a specialist in a city that is two hours away), and others are the result of the very thing we’re trying to get help with (such as not wanting to talk about difficult, personal topics).

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