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  • Therapists and pills aren’t the only paths to good mental health
  • Therapists and pills aren’t the only paths to good mental health
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What’s the future of mental health?

The global cost of mental healthcare is set to exceed $6 trillion by 2030, and as dementia, depression and anxiety afflict a greater number of people, it’s unlikely that existing treatment options will be able to meet demand. Can tech, drugs or video games provide a viable alternative?

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In November 2015, New York City launched Thrive, an ambitious mental health programme aiming to “change the trajectory” of the city’s future. Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed $548 million to the initiative over the next four years, which will traverse the city’s disparate communities and industries to create a place “where every New Yorker can live with dignity.” [1]

New York, however, is a drop in the ocean. Roughly a quarter of the world’s population will suffer from a mental health issue in their lifetime, and the WHO estimates that, by 2030, we’ll lose ...

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