Mental health treatment is very important in today’s world.

From the US to Europe, millions of people suffer from a variety of mental health problems, from depression to generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

For example, 6.8 million US adults have generalised anxiety disorder, yet only 43.2% of these people are receiving treatment for it (Anxiety Disorders Association of America).

It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a big issue regarding the availability of mental health treatments, which is highlighted by the fact that the US is likely to continue experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, for at least another 3 years (Psychiatric Times).

All of this raises the question: what is the future of mental health treatment around the world? Is it bright? Or, are there reasons to be concerned?

The good news is that mental health treatment has now become a priority, especially in the West. Existing treatment methods are being enhanced while new and exciting methods are also being introduced. Here’s an up-close examination of what you can expect over the coming decade.

Smart AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to play a huge role with AI Health Assistant in mental health treatment as society moves forward.

You’re already starting to see this trend emerge in the psychology field, where many psychologists are now using online therapy to help patients through their treatment. For instance, patients can download apps to their smartphones (in collaboration with healthcare practices) that enable them to track their weekly process, receive personalised coping strategies, and more – all from AI. The data collected by the AI is then made available to psychologists and therapists who can then provide even better treatment.

This is something to be excited about, as it’s going to make life easier and more efficient for both parties: the therapists and the patients. Not to mention, these types of AI applications are also going to start helping doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals so that they too can provide better treatment.

Lab Tests for Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders

Another interesting trend to prepare for is the use of lab tests to detect whether an individual is suffering from depression or another type of mental health disorder (e.g., bipolar disorder).

Just recently, researchers found that levels of nerve growth factor were lower in people suffering from depression or bipolar disorder. Essentially, what this means is that (if a patient or doctor suspects that a mental health disorder is present in the future) a simple blood test can be done to confirm this.

In cases where blood tests do uncover underlying mental health problems, the necessary treatment plans will then be able to be created by the doctors.

Video Appointments with Doctors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare practices had to adapt – and they had to do it fast.  

As a result, the telehealth trend emerged. This involved doctors conducting appointments with patients via video calls and phone calls, instead of seeing them in person.

This trend was so positive that countless practices and clinics have since stuck with it. Moving into the future, video and telephone appointments with doctors are going to remain a big part of the healthcare industry – particularly when it comes to the treatment of mental health.


From smart AI to increased telehealth services, there’s a lot to prepare for when it comes to the future of mental health treatment. There can also be no doubt that other interesting trends will also emerge along the way.

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Nicolas Desjardins

Hello everyone, I am the main writer for SIND Canada. I've been writing articles for more than 12 years and I like sharing my knowledge. I'm currently writing for many websites and newspapers. I always keep myself very informed to give you the best information. All my years as a computer scientist made me become an incredible researcher. You can contact me on our forum or by email at [email protected].