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Paradigm Shift in Mental Health

August 12, 2016



Leaders around the world are recognizing the severity of the mental health crisis. It is estimated that one out of four people are battling a mental health condition, but 40 percent of countries have no mental health policy.

Recent reports showing that an investment in the area would yield a positive Return on Investment (ROI) for not only society, but for the individuals themselves. Grappling with the pressing issue of increasing healthcare spending all over the world, a shift is taking place that is completely altering the landscape in health.

Recent reports from places like the New York Times paint a salient picture on the changing landscape of mental health. This is an area of health that has not seen innovations in over 30 years. Suicides are at their highest rate in recent memory as well.

A cutting edge health technology company based in Chicago, Illinois is changing that. Started by former Navy F-18 pilot, Richard Gengler, Prevail has collaborated with the National Science Foundation to invent an online behavioral health program.

Many people are starting to talk about telehealth and the opportunities around that. Prevail’s technology, with its platform at iPrevail, actually optimize telehealth for several reasons:

  1. Accessibility: Available 24/7 on any phone, tablet or computer. There are also iPrevail apps in the iOS and Android
  2. Cost: 1/30th the cost compared to traditional methods of care and proven to be equally effective as face-to-face through multiple published clinical trials including a ‘gold standard’ randomized control trial
  3. Anonymous: members join the community and are completely anonymous. It is much easier to open up about your deepest thoughts, behaviors, or emotions when there is a little less stigma involved.
  4. Peer-to-Peer: the unique glue that holds the program together is the human touch from Trained Peer Specialists. These are people that have gone through the program and come back to provide some form of help or support to the next generation. These peers are coming to volunteer their time and in doing so are rewarded with points that can be redeemed for gift cards.
  5. Fun: maybe most importantly is the entire program is extremely fun! It is a chance to go through and build up more mental resilience, better understand your own mind, and not only live a life, or thrive, but to Prevail!

Just as we can all go to the gym more, this paradigm shift is creating the momentum that we all can improve our mental resilience. Backed by rock solid science, and with a growing user base each and every day, there are more people realizing the enormous benefit of a program like iPrevail. Have other questions?

Interested in becoming a peer to give back to those in need click here. Interested in signing up for the program? Click here.

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