Mental health care is in high demand. Psychologists are leveraging tech and peers to meet the need

By Heather Stringer Date created: January 1, 2024 for the American Psychological Association

Amidst a perceived mental health crisis in the United States, a 2022 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and CNN revealed widespread anxiety, with one-third of adults unable to access needed mental health services. Cost and stigma emerged as key barriers, compounded by a shortage of available providers. In response, mental health professionals are exploring innovative interventions that offer flexible support through digital platforms, meeting the demand for accessible care. This shift reflects a growing recognition that equitable access to mental health services is essential, particularly for marginalized communities facing significant barriers to traditional psychotherapy.

And the Survey Says:


Americans that believe there is a mental health crisis in America


Adults expressed feelings of anxiety always or often in the past year.


Say they can't get the mental health treatment they need.

5 Key Takeaways

Digital Interventions

Mental health apps are increasingly popular, but many are costly and not covered by insurance. Psychologists advocate for insurance coverage and emphasize that human support alongside these tools is crucial for effectiveness.

Language Accessibility

Most mental health apps are in English, limiting access for non-English speakers. Efforts are underway to adapt digital therapeutics like SilverCloud for Spanish speakers, pairing them with Spanish-speaking coaches.

Open Access Initiatives

Psychologists are uniting to share reliable assessment tools openly, breaking down barriers between psychology and the public. Online resources enable individuals to assess themselves and share results with providers.

Single-Session Therapy

focus on brief interventions is gaining traction to reach more individuals. Single-session therapy models, like those offered by Windy Dryden, aim to provide effective help in just one session, addressing immediate needs efficiently.

Group Therapy Innovations

Brief group therapy strategies like Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT) empower participants to practice skills in a supportive environment. These models focus on real-time interactions to address relationship issues and build interpersonal skills.

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