In a recent Journal of mHealth article, Miri Polachek of Joy Ventures, a VC firm whose mission is to “advance the nascent category of science-backed consumer products for wellbeing,” spoke about the benefits of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) for mental health, particularly during and after COVID. 

Polachek emphasized the benefit of people having access to mental health support from the comfort of their own homes, and how the goal should be to have these platforms readily available to those who need it. 

“There are many VR/AR solutions that target the general, healthy population, creating new mindfulness and meditation experiences to help people strengthen their emotional resilience and navigate everyday challenges.”

Polachek goes on to point out that AR/VR can provide “highly personalized” treatment that can even be adjusted in real time to meet a client’s needs. Additionally she noted that the technologies are highly scalable and flexible in a way that can promote long-term results. 

“Even before the pandemic, social isolation, stress, and anxiety, were worsening problems – but with greater use of behavioral health technologies, people will have better and more accessible options for receiving the care they need,” Polechek concludes.

Foretell Reality is a virtual reality that enables remote group therapy and peer support for addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Visit our website to schedule a demo today. 

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