May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, and the UK observes Mental Health Awareness Week on May 14-20, 2018. (There is also World Mental Health Day, but that's not until October 10th.) To do our part to raise awareness of mental health, I interviewed a guest that can share a real example, a success story, of how digital tools can be applied in this important area.
In this episode, I spoke with Dale Beermann. He’s one of the founders of the company behind the award-winning app called Pacifica. He’s here to share some of what they’ve learned as they’ve brought their solution to market, and discuss the areas of need, and the areas where they’re having the greatest impact. He tells us how both consumers and professionals can use their solution – their app is free to download and free to use, so take a minute open your smartphone, or even a browser window on your computer, download Pacifica and give it a try.
- Dale's role in Pacifica Labs and their work with Mental Health
- The various solutions and services Pacifica Labs offers to address Mental Health issues
- Pacifica Lab's origin and mission
- Pacifica's achievements so far and how their program is different
- On-demand healthcare, continuous intervention and pricing for different programs
- Sustainability, retention and long-term usability
- Dale's plans for existing products and different models for the future
Links and Resources Mentioned
- Dale Beermann on Twitter
- Dale Beerman on LinkedIn
- Pacifica Labs Inc. on Twitter
- Pacifica Labs Inc. on Web
- Pacifica Labs Inc. on LinkedIn
- NAMI Resource Guide for those experiencing a mental health emergency – This is the guide discussed on the program
- Digital Health Events
- Dan Kendall on Twitter @ HealthTechDan
- Join Digital Health Today
Lightning Round Answers
1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn
2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
You have to work into the expected ROI for the organization you're targeting. Build it and they will come, understand the industry and figure out how to build a sustainable business.
3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?
4- What’s the best tech that makes your life better and easier?
5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
I would invest it in Mental Health or Blockchain.
6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
National Alliance on Mental Illness – is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Kendall is the managing editor and host of Digital Health Today where he dives into the leading innovators and latest innovations that are transforming and improving health and wellness. Dan has over 20 years experience working in medical technology, mobile and cloud computing, and telecommunications, and has worked with public and private companies to create, market and grow innovative and sustainable businesses. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.