Perspective ARTICLE

Front. Public Health, 11 June 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00065

Support from the Internet for individuals with mental disorders: advantages and disadvantages of e-mental health service delivery

  • Innovation Incubator, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany

Mental disorders are common in almost all industrialized countries and many emerging economies. While several trials have shown that effective treatments exist for mental disorders, such as pharmacotherapy, psychological interventions, and self-help programs, the treatment gap in mental health care remains pervasive. Unrestricted access to adequate medical care for people with mental disorders will be one of the pressing public mental health tasks in the near future. In addition, scarcity of financial resources across the public mental health sector is a powerful argument for investigating innovative alternatives of delivering mental health care. Thus, one challenge that arises in modern mental health care is the development of innovative treatment concepts. One possibility for improving mental health care services is to deliver them via the Internet. Online-based mental health services have the potential to address the unmet need for mental health care.

Keywords: public mental health, mental disorders, e-mental health, mobile support, computerized cognitive behavioral therapy

Citation: Moock J (2014) Support from the Internet for individuals with mental disorders: advantages and disadvantages of e-mental health service delivery. Front. Public Health 2:65. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00065

Received: 31 March 2014; Accepted: 27 May 2014;
Published online: 11 June 2014.

Edited by:

Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Reviewed by:

Caroline Vandeleur, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Copyright: © 2014 Moock. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Jörn Moock, Innovation Incubator, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Rotenbleicher Weg 67, Lüneburg 21335, Germany e-mail: joern.moock@inkubator.leuphana.de

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