Our goal; is to lower the rates of mental health relapse post treatment through the use of clinically validated bio monitoring coupled with validated mental health quizzes. We use this data to provide users with regular mental health tracking updates and alerts, to help identify any relapses in the early stages, to review treatment options and ultimatley improve recovery outcomes. Relapse prevention is desirable for several pragmatic reasons. Firstly, it reduces the negative impact of mental illness on individuals and their families and carers, as well as their communities. Prolonged and repeated periods experiencing the symptoms of mental illness severely disrupt a person’s life and erode their confidence and wellbeing (Ralph 2000). The more relapses, the more disabled a person is likely to become; there is evidence that each relapse increases both residual symptoms (Shepherd et al 1989) and social disabilities (Hogarty et al 1991). Preventing relapse vastly improves the quality of life of people with mental illness and enables them to more fully participate in work, leisure and relationships. Effective relapse prevention enables people to gain mastery over their symptoms, which increases their sense of control over their lives (Mueser et al 2002).
A look at recovery rates of major depression by the NIMH Collaborative Depression Study, a prospective long-term naturalistic study of mood disorders in 550 people seeking treatment at five different medical centres in the United States, reveal that the recovery rate after two years was about 80%, and increased to 94% after 15 years (Keller & Boland 1998). Nevertheless, relapse was common: after two years of prospective follow-up, 25-40% of people experienced a second episode of depression, and after 15 years, 87% had experienced a relapse. After a severe episode of depression, persistent sub-syndromal levels of depression are common, and these tend to fluctuate with full episodes of depression (Kennedy, Abbott & Paykel 2004). Growing awareness that the majority of people diagnosed with mental illness will achieve a significant improvement or full recovery greatly enhances hope for people diagnosed with mental illness, and provides strong support for investing in relapse prevention.
Who we are; a dedicated team of mental health professionals and scientists committed to providing you with the tools to maintain optimum mental health providing people with the tools necessary to avoid a relapse of a mental health disorder post treatment. We use questionnaires approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as clinically validated professional analysis of individual biodata to give an overview of the users overall mental health and to track improvements or regressions over time. This information will then be relayed to you and any relevant stakeholders, such as care providers, family members, and any one else approved to receive the users health information. Recommendations can are then made by our team in relation to the users improving or declining mental health with the aim of avoiding relapse.
Here at Sherpah we believe in treating your personal data with the highest levels of respect and security, please feel free to contact us to find out more about our data security and privacy policies.