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Mental health care in a pandemic : a survey from a design and interaction perspective

Artolozaga, Iñigo (2020) Mental health care in a pandemic : a survey from a design and interaction perspective.

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Abstract:The COVID-19 virus pandemic has swiftly impacted our way of life. Traumatic experiences like becoming ill, losing a loved one, losing a job or becoming socially isolated are more frequent than ever before. Numerous studies indicate that the toll on mental health generated by these phenomena cannot be handled by the current public mental health care infrastructure. The aim of this paper is to find ways to rethink the current digital mental health care infrastructure via user-centered design in order to adapt to this sudden, unforeseeable spike in mental health care demand. The research is split in two parts: First, a literature review will shed light on the current state of affairs of digital mental health care methods and report on emerging technologies that show promise in the digital mental health care world. The second one is a survey in which individuals especially at risk of developing common mental disorders during a pandemic will share their thoughts about interaction with these technologies. This research aims to establish a first point of contact between novel, scalable mental health digital solutions and individuals affected by the pandemic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 77 psychology
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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