Mendi and Sahlgrenska University Hospital use neurofeedback brain training to get a hold of the growing mental health crisis
Almira Thunström is a researcher at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. Her research includes the headband from the health tech company Mendi, where Moha Bensofia is CEO.
One of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is an increased impact on mental health. The "health tech" sector is seen by many as a possible way forward - which Sahlgrenska University Hospital has taken on board through a collaboration with Mendi.
"I would have liked to have been able to test neurofeedback on the staff who worked at the Covid clinics, where doctors and nurses had horrible experiences," says Almira Thunström, researcher at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, and explains that Mendi today needs to be tested on a wide range of people to uncover in detail the benefits.
In the Public Health Agency's 2020 survey on mental illness, more than 40 percent of Swedes answered that they had mild mental health issues. In a new report from the American public health agency CDC, 41 percent of the Americans surveyed answered that they somehow suffer mentally as a result of the pandemic.
Moha Bensofia, Mendi CEO, “The reality is that young people feel most stressed. And we all know and can see what social media does to people. I do believe that we can do something positive for every individual and help the 25 percent of young people who feel most stressed at the moment have a clearer mind and healthier brains, which will have a positive impact on their mental health.”
Neurofeedback is a proven method, but not yet recognized at a clinical level for the treatment of mental illness. But researchers from both the Nasa Space Board and Stanford University are now working with Mendi to collect data. Sahlgrenska University Hospital is also joining the research community to test what the technology is for.
"It is a good idea to 'gamify' mental health. Although many researchers are skeptical in nature, I notice a curiosity among colleagues. " says Almira.
"Anything that can help patients help themselves, and thus avoid medication, is of course something we must explore."
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