Mental health support prime for decentralization, say academics

Mental health support prime for decentralization, say academics

Decentralized mental health services could be the answer to the looming shortage of mental health professionals, according to professors from John Hopkins University based in Baltimore.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Dr. Johannes Thrul from the John Hopkins School of Mental Health postulated that the mental health support sector could take a page from Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) by offering support services in a decentralized system.

Dr. Thrul authored a July 22 academic paper looking into “Web3 and digital mental health,” envisioning a decentralized peer support system that relies on “individuals with lived experience” to provide help “based on their expertise in managing their own conditions.” 

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Dr Thrul said the system would work by using a “crypto token tied to the community” which would be rewarded to those that “make positive contributions

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