AIIMS Delhi creates mobile apps for mental illness

Two mobile apps have been developed by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi (AIIMS), for patients with chronic mental illnesses and their caregivers.

Anxiety and depression are on the rise as the world reels under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two mobile apps have been developed by AIIMS to treat severe mental illness. These apps are for patients with chronic mental illness or those who experience their first episode. These apps, ‘Shaksham and ‘Disha”, are available for patients with severe mental illness and those who have had their first episode.

Mamta Sood is a senior psychiatrist at AIIMS. She told IANS that she has developed two mobile apps, Shaksham (for people with chronic mental illnesses) and Disha (for those who have just started to experience symptoms). She explained that Disha will be beneficial to those who have had their first episode of severe mental illness.

The apps were developed in collaboration between the computer science departments of Indraprastha institute of technology, Delhi and the University of Warwick (UK). The National Institute of Health Research, UK funded the project.

The apps will be free for public use starting January next year. Sood stated that the app will be available for free public use from January 2019.

She added that the apps would also remind caregivers to send reminders about medicines and other needs of patients.

When asked about mental health issues that people face during the current pandemic, Sood stated that 50% of healthcare workers are suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

She said that symptoms are not the same as having the disease.