Too many digital mental health startups are taking an ML/AI-first approach to product development. Before that, we need a better foundation of non-ML/AI data science in the digital mental health space.
AI's inability to understand, digital mental health categories, what it takes to succeed with digital therapeutics, and does religiosity protect against depression?
Current mental health interventions don't pay enough attention to our motivations and goals, and how they affect spontaneous thought.
Mend offers semi-personalized support for breakup recovery. The daily talks are helpful but the subscription price is high.
Woebot offers useful CBT coaching. But its chatbot interface is more distracting than helpful at this point, reflecting AI's current inability to understand natural language.
Humans doing bots' work, neuroplasticity, apps and avatars for mental health
The designers of this app have made some great choices around mood tracking and introducing core CBT skills. But they've also made some questionable choices around data capture and analytics.