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Therapist In Your Pocket? The Surge In Mental Health Apps

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Courtesy: Art and Soul Art Therapy
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A young client at Art and Soul Art Therapy in Madison with therapist Briana Benn-Mirandi, who incorporates mental health apps in her counseling sessions.

Digital downloads for mental health needs surged nearly 200 percent during the pandemic. Now, it seems this trend is here to stay. The market for mental health apps is projected to reach 3.3 billion dollars in the next six years. This hour, experts discuss how digital products are changing the way people care for their mental wellbeing, and the scientific rigor required from app developers to ensure successful outcomes. 

Coming up, we talk to industry experts on the future of apps in mental healthcare. Anecdotes versus evidence: What works, and what doesn't? 

GUESTS: 

  • Briana Benn-Mirandi - therapist at Art and Soul Art Therapy in Madison, CT.

  • Dr. Paul Weigle - psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Programs at Natchaug Hospital, part of HartfordHealthCare’s Behavioral Health Services.

  • Dr. Doug Nemecek -  Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health, Cigna.

  • Karen Brown - Health Reporter at New England Public Radio.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Sujata Srinivasan is a Senior Producer for 'Where We Live,' the flagship news-based, call-in talk show from Connecticut Public Radio, featuring deep dives at the intersection of data-driven narrative and investigative long-form journalism. She's also an editor for the Connecticut Public newsroom.
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