Priya Cima

My academic career started in Psychology, and my interest has consistently stayed in this area, expanding to include organizational and individual well-being, as I realized the importance of a holistic approach to community health. My professional opportunities in the public and private sectors have led me to develop significant insight and skills within areas of sector-/organization-wide policy and procedures, governance and regulatory frameworks, and strategic wellbeing initiatives. Having grown up and worked for over 20 years in the United Arab Emirates, I have a strong understanding of working within a multi-cultural environment and have shared my insights at international conferences on topics such as organizational development, employee well-being and health. My priority remains to contribute my learning and skills in support of developing individual well-being, through establishing safe environments where people can access the tools and resources they need to build healthy lifestyles.

 

The future of mental health services: The role of tele-services

Post the initial spike in the use of technology platforms during the pandemic, we are continuing to see the uptake in utilization of tele-mental health services. Research studies carried out pre

and post pandemic show the growth from 33 % to 50 % in 2021. A surprising 97% of practitioners surveyed in a study in 2021 reported that tele-mental health should stay. Studies with clients are even more common, with a greatly positive response relating to personal criteria. But what is the new patient journey, and the measure of efficacy when it comes to tele-mental health services? We present a view on some of the research studies done on clients’ responses to their clinical requirements after receiving online sessions. Practitioners have got their own learning curve on this journey, and with tele-mental health the new way forward, there are changes that we must adapt to enhance efficiency in practice.

Priya Cima