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New NICE Guidelines for Digital Mental Health Technologies

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Dr Alister Baird

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17 May 2023

These guidelines provide recommendations for the use of digital mental health technologies in the NHS.

Digital mental health technologies are a broad range of technologies that can be used to improve mental health. These technologies include apps, websites, and games that can be used to provide therapy, support, and information.

The NICE guidelines recommend that digital mental health technologies can be used to treat a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. The guidelines also recommend that digital mental health technologies can be used to support people with mental health conditions, such as providing information and advice, and helping people to manage their symptoms.

The NICE guidelines also set out a number of criteria that digital mental health technologies should meet before they can be used in the NHS. These criteria include:

  • The technology must be evidence-based.

  • The technology must be safe and effective.

  • The technology must be accessible to people with a range of abilities.

  • The technology must be affordable.

The NICE guidelines are a significant step forward for the use of digital mental health technologies in the NHS. The guidelines provide clear recommendations for the use of these technologies, and they set out a number of criteria that digital mental health technologies must meet before they can be used in the NHS.

The use of digital mental health technologies has the potential to improve the quality and accessibility of mental health care. These technologies can provide people with access to therapy and support that they may not otherwise be able to access. Digital mental health technologies can also help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.

The NICE guidelines are a positive step towards making digital mental health technologies more widely available. These technologies have the potential to improve the lives of many people with mental health conditions.

Here are some additional details about the new guidelines:

  • The guidelines are divided into two parts: Part 1 covers the use of digital mental health technologies for the treatment of mental health conditions, and Part 2 covers the use of digital mental health technologies for the support of people with mental health conditions.

  • The guidelines recommend that digital mental health technologies should only be used as part of a wider treatment plan that includes talking therapies and medication.

  • The guidelines also recommend that digital mental health technologies should only be used by people who are comfortable using technology and who have access to the internet.

The new guidelines are a positive step forward for the use of digital mental health technologies in the NHS. These technologies have the potential to improve the quality and accessibility of mental health care, and they can help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions.


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