Review and Implementation of Self-Help and Automated Tools in Mental Health Care

Steven Chan, Luming Li, John Torous, David Gratzer, Peter M. Yellowlees

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Self-help and automated technologies can be useful for behavioral and mental health education and interventions. These technologies include interactive media, online courses, artificial intelligence–powered chatbots, voice assistants, and video games. Self-help media can include books, videos, audible media like podcasts, blog and print articles, and self-contained Internet sites. Social media, online courses, and mass-market mobile apps also can include such media. These technologies serve to decrease geospatial, temporal, and financial barriers. This article describes different self-help and automated technologies, how to implement such technologies in existing clinical services, and how to implement according to patient needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-609
Number of pages13
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Chatbots
  • Education
  • Media
  • Mental health
  • Smartphone
  • Video games
  • Voice assistants
  • Websites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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