Lately, I have been using what is probably the most analog of digital health wearables I use. The doppel is a wrist-worn wearable that creates a silent vibration on the inside of your wrist, mimicking a heartbeat, they call it a “lub-dub”, and eliciting focused and calming effects in the body and mind. It does so with a watch case and internal flywheel which creates beneficial vibrations. Check out a video of how it operates at the doppel website.

The wearable comes with an app that takes your resting heart rate as a beats per minute baseline from which to…

The World Health Organization, as early as 2019, reported that close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.That is 1person every 40 seconds. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15–19-year-olds. 79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Ingestion of pesticide, hangings and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. The single most important risk factor for suicide is subsequent attempts.

Even as suicide is a vexing public health challenge, many are not aware of the SuicideTech space that have been designed to pre- and post-vent suicide. A scan of…

As we continue to roll out and evolve our StressTech Literacy Program with its consideration of digital lifestyle and how, we can better leverage such in our journeys to achieve and maintain healthier stress levels. We see three components of digital lifestyle as devices, channels and content that we favor in our regular use of digitaltech throughout our lives.

What’s Good for Food is Good for Content
As we teach these digital lifestyle distinctions, the topic of content diet has emerged as an important consideration. …

At The Digital Mental Health Project, we work to increase the public’s literacy regarding how everyday digital technology can support healthier stress levels. Here we want to talk about how, and why this literacy is so important in this current COVID-19 crisis.

StressTech Implications of COVID-19
The COVID-19 situation is one where the lack of a vaccine means our control is most manifest in: 1) reducing viral exposure, and 2) boosting our immunity through good community and personal health habits. One of the important aspects of boosting our immunity is maintaining a healthy stress level. …

In my MPH studies, I have been exposed to the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) more than ever based on the program’s focus on global mental health. It was the WHO’s global mental health reports that actually inspired me to pursue my MPH studies.

As a digital health strategist, I watch with interest, the WHO’s recent work in the digital health area and especially how this will impact WHO’s 3 billion (3B) target and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of which Mental Health is a part. …

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Mental Health Radio Network (MHRN), a network of over 70 podcasts on a broad number of topics related to mental health ranging from 1st responders to addiction to autism to politics to spirituality to suicide to teens to veterans to business to creative arts and more. This network is run by Kristin Walker, who also interviewed me.

We had an enjoyable and wide-ranging discussion which you can listen to here. We covered off on my story, The Digital Mental Health Project and trends in the MentalTech space.

I recently…

An emergent theme in our writing is related to research that delineates different models and categorizations related to how mentaltech is being adopted. Historically, we have blogged about such in these posts:

  1. HCP Adoption Levels Model
  2. Cultural Tailoring of Teletherapy
  3. StressTech Adoption patterns and insights

This post, I summarize findings of a paper “Clinical Meaningful Use of Mental Health Apps and its Effects on Depression by Zhang, et al.. My good colleague David C. Mohr is also a party to this paper.

It probably goes without saying that user engagement is mandatory for mentaltech success. What should not go without…

True to our intention to continually develop educational offerings that enable a responsible adoption of MentalTech, we have developed and released our StressTech literacy series. Different from our forthcoming MentalTech literacy series, StressTech focused on technology applications that achieve healthier stress levels. It’s focused on wellness versus illness. It targets caregivers, workers, and students, who are concerned about stress & burning out, and who use digital technologies daily but not in ways that proactively protect them from stress and burnout.

This series will consist of 3 modules. …

As I continue to research this topic of data privacy concerns as a barrier to mentaltech adoption, I have found proposals for a simplified format in much the same wat as we have simplified food labels. One is a 2006 paper from the Center for Information Policy Leadership about multilayered privacy notices. The other is a 2009 paper about a study to design a “Privacy Nutrition Label” done at the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University by Patrick Gage Kelley et al (2010). …

So aside from the great value of attending AnxietyTech, back in August 2019, I had the further honor of being able to deliver a talk on MentalTech Wearables, a mental tech area near and dear to my “gadgeteer’s heart. This was the 3rd time I have delivered this talk and the first time in about 3 years. It was amazing to me how much offerings in this space have grown in such a short time. An update of our database revealed more than 30 offerings in this space addressing disorders from depression and anxiety to psychosis to phobia to obsessive/compulsive behaviors to autism to addictions to dementia.

Highlights from the presentation are below:

1. Ubiquitous application across all of the care continuum and tech categories as biometric capture, therapy & insight delivery.

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Educational experiences enabling a “responsible” adoption of MentalTech! See more at

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