Virtual reality has continued to make strides in our modern-day to day activities. From money spent on adaptions into movies, video games, and sports, VR is making its way across all media. VR technology has even gone as far as a personalized way of mental health betterment. Researchers at the University of Sheffield, are pioneering a highly personalized, therapeutic VR tool. They hope to help those with common mental problems can use to create an immersive version of life. The tool coined, LifePathVR, enables those a self-reflection on our life journey which in return contributes to better health and well being.
How LifePath Can Help
According to the WHO, one in four people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point. In total, around 450 million people live with conditions that would fall under one of these categories. With LifePathVR, users will be able to upload and capture the important events of life. Dr. Chris Blackmore, from the Mental Health Research Unit at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research believes this will be a key to helping treat common mental problems. When speaking on LifePathVR he believes “This narrative approach to treatment of common mental health problems is favored by users of mental health services, but that level of choice is often unavailable. We wanted to develop a tool which puts people’s own personal experience at the center of things, and helps them to tell their life stories in a new way.”
Mental Health Untreated
Mental health, if left untreated can lead to a decline in not only your mind but your body as well. Your body can begin to feel the burden leading to tense muscles, headaches, and fatigue. It can cause chronic stress which leads to heart attacks, strokes, and obesity. It can also cause homelessness depression, job instability, and at worst death.
Seek Help Now
We need to address the mental health problems going on in the world. LifePathVR and many others are working towards providing a helpful tool to contribute to the curing of mental health problems. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering contact your doctor today for an examination. Seek help before the persists too long. Mental illness does not go away on its own, so act sooner than later.
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