NMHIC is partnering with Metropolitan State University of Denver School of Education and Resilient Futures to build the capacity of teacher candidates to develop resiliency and understand and address trauma triggers in school environments with pre-school and school-aged children; and secondary trauma in themselves and their coworkers.
Matt decided to start NMHIC because of his personal dissatisfaction with mental health treatment and care in the United States. Since then, our mission has always been to combat the tremendous deficit of mental health care providers in a way that is more effective and scalable.
In October, the importance of VR in mental health was underscored when Vogl traveled to Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China, where he was invited to speak at the 2018 World Conference on VR Industry (WCVRI).
This week, two prominent people, both bright lights in their industries, died from suicide. Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef turned author and TV host, who seemed to always grab life by the lapels with vigor and humor, died June 8.
As we prepared to take virtual reality tools to the maximum-security Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska, we had been somewhat unsure of what to expect and some on our team were a bit apprehensive. But, the Alaska Department of Corrections had invited us, asked us to bring therapeutic virtual reality for a test, to get feedback from inmates and officials, as a first step toward evaluating VR’s potential to enhance prison safety and reduce recidivism after convicts had served their time.
One thing our team at NMHIC will recall is the technology that is wrapping these games. Tech has always been a part of the Olympics, from uniforms and equipment design to timekeeping and more. But this year, tech is seemingly putting on a show of its own.
Loss of productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover, workplace accidents and disability: these are just a few of the costly results from mental illness in the workplace. The impact of mental illness to the U.S. economy is an estimated $300 billion a year, with business absorbing half of that, as one in five adults struggles with mental illness in any given year.
After one final virtual reality demo lab, we are packing up and heading home to the National Behavioral Health Innovation office on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Check out our live blog posting for details of our day.
Mental health technology is on a tear. It seems every time we look around there is a new app or program aimed at mental health needs. It’s exciting to see technology added to traditional mental health care treatments and professional training, as tech can bring greater access, mobility and potentially, better outcomes.
As mental health advocates all over the world continue to empower non-traditional caregivers in order to extend mental health support, the Veteran’s Administration is in the process of pioneering the faith-based VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy program.
It’s not every day that the University Chancellor takes a virtual reality spin around a major league baseball stadium and meditates for the first time. Not at the same time, of course. But both happened this morning as we peeked around the corner to see the future of mental health.
“13 Reasons Why” is a new Netflix original series depicting the events surrounding the suicide of fictional high schooler Hannah Baker.While the show does draw attention to youth suicide, it unfortunately does so in an irresponsible, and potentially fatal, way.
Some of my colleagues and I had the opportunity recently to spend an hour on the phone with Vikram Patel, who is best known for his work on mental health in low-resource areas. Our conversation shook my world view in a wonderful and helpful way. I was particularly taken with our discussion on task shifting.