Mental Health & Technology

Last week we told you about Cupboard2Cause, one of the exciting activations we ran at TEDxSydney on the 25th of May. For the second activation, we invited the audience to kick-start their day with a special breakfast and panel discussion on the topic: ‘Can Technology Change the Face of Mental Health?’

AlphaSys Director Justin Yoon led an informative discussion on the role that technology plays in the non-profit sector. We were delighted to have guest speakers from four leading mental health charities: Helen Christensen (Black Dog Institute), Tony Holland (OzHelp), Linda Kensington (On The Line), and John Bale (Soldier On).

The panelists shared their views on the role and importance of technology in tackling mental health issues such as suicide. Helen Christensen discussed how Black Dog Institute is using Bluetooth to measure social withdrawal and encourage help-seeking before a crisis situation. Linda Kensington discussed On The Line’s online counselling service which provides free access to professional support from anywhere in Australia via online chat. Tony Holland also recognises the significance of technology in the mental health sector, and is partnering with AlphaSys to develop applications that will allow OzHelp to collect health data and provide immediate results with recommendations. John Bale was concerned that although technology certainly has a part to play, it shouldn’t replace human connection in the treatment and prevention of mental illness.

As a major supporter of the non-profit sector, AlphaSys is passionate about helping non-profits develop and deliver effective programs using innovative technologies such as Salesforce CRM and custom applications. To find out how we can help you, contact us here.

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