Case Study: Use of Mental Health Apps by Essential Workers and Unemployed due to COVID-19

Access to mental health care by essential workers and the unemployed during the COVID19 pandemic has been challenging. Usual access to mental health care is limited by social distancing, and for many now unemployed due to closures of businesses, insurance is insufficient to cover the costs of mental health care. The aim of this project is to understand the use of mental health apps by these populations, and how well their needs are being met by what is on the market. Through our research, we have been able to determine the acceptability, feasibility, usability, and effectiveness of mobile mental health apps for addressing risk factors associated with suicide risk in essential workers and unemployed individuals.

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