Increasing Mental Well-Being by Increasing Accessibility

The Desire for Full Integration

Increasing mental well-being begins by understanding what it means to those who need to increase it.

Jane Fisher discusses increasing mental well-being begins by understanding what it means to those who need to increase it. Working to effectively understand not just the needs of those who hear voices but understand the community they live in on a day-to-day basis is a great start.

Last year, there were 66,620 people with physical or sensory disabilities registered in Wales. Of these, not all had adequate access to mental health care or physical spaces in which they felt comfortable expressing their needs, especially regarding psychiatric care. Increasing accessibility to mental health services is only one challenge. Other challenges include accessibility features that cater specifically to the needs of those who hear voices so that they can successfully participate in Welsh society and workplaces.

A study conducted regarding what those living with the diagnosis of schizophrenia need to increase their well-being found that taking part in social contacts such as attending meetings at work and receiving home visits from medical professionals or loved ones was incredibly important. Engaging in secure professional relationships was deemed incredibly important in allowing the subjects in the study to integrate into society in a way that made them feel positive and increased their mental well-being. This begs the question of what medical professionals and Welsh society can do to cater to these needs. Because professional interactions were so important, these changes can begin in the workplace.

Technology That Increases Accessibility

Smart technology isn’t just for making your life at home easier. It’s being integrated into workplaces all over the world in an effort to increase productivity as well as accessibility. Research released recently shows that wearable technology can be helpful for people with mood disorders or who live on the schizophrenia spectrum. The technology included in these devices can monitor things such as levels of mental attention. Non-gelled electroencephalogram and electrodes can be processed to assess the attention level of a person and that data can be used to help them understand how to increase their mental and social awareness in situations like one might encounter in the workplace. The ability to monitor social interaction and possibly, in the future, brain activity are other noted benefits of wearable smart technology in terms of accessibility.

Access to More Data

What’s great about smart technology is that it provides mental health professional with a treasure trove of data regarding the behaviours and needs of people all over Wales. This data can not only be used to understand what is needed to increase mental well-being but also used to understand why, when, how, and where certain schizophrenic episodes take place. That kind of data is invaluable in a community like Wales where it’s generally hard to access the resources needed to engage in comprehensive studies that yield actionable results.

A Better World for All

Increasing mental well-being begins by understanding what it means to those who need to increase it. Working to effectively understand not just the needs of those who hear voices but understand the community they live in on a day-to-day basis is a great start. With the help of smart technology and the data it can collect, mental health professionals in Wales can begin to increase access to proper health care and develop higher-level solutions.

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