We Can Do Better: Urgent Innovations to Improve Mental Health Access and Care

May 4, 2021
We Can Do Better: Urgent Innovations to Improve Mental Health Access and Care

A leading psychiatrist and expert reveals importantissues in mental health care today and introduces innovations torevolutionize and improve mental health for everyone.Mental health care systems are falling short and theconsequences, for individuals and societies, are dire. In thisurgent book, celebrated psychiatrist and mental health careadvocate Dr. David Goldbloom outlines proven innovations inmedicine and health care delivery that we all could benefit fromtoday.Using fictional—but all too real—examples of people sufferingfrom various mental illnesses, from depression to opioid addiction,and drawn from his real-life experiences in this field, Dr.Goldbloom reveals the barriers to care and other faults in mentalhealth care systems. He then reveals simple, yet startlinglyeffective tools for improving access and treatment that can helppeople now—if we only had the will to share, use, and fund these(and more) brilliant innovations:-Self-referrals for faster access to care-Apps and e-tools for treatment, rehabilitation, andself-monitoring between appointments-Remote coaching for effectively treating common childhoodproblems-Integrated youth services to improve early intervention-Personalized care to ensure treatments don't fail patients-Rapid-access housing for the homeless and mentally ill so theycan begin a journey of careWhile technologies such as smart phones and genetic testing playa role, these innovations are about people. They address waitingtimes to see specialists, the lack of coordination between healthcare institutions, and the stigma that often comes with seekinghelp—even stigma among health care providers. They broaden thedefinition of what mental health care can even be, such asproviding housing, or low-intensity training for day-to-daylife.Smart, candid, personal, and persuasive, this new book is atimely call for better access to and quality of help—a roadmap tobetter well-being for everyone.