Technology can improve access to mental health support
The use of online technology such as video conferencing will improve access in smaller towns and rural areas, says Krystian Fikert
What's your name?
What position do you hold?
Founder and CEO of MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing
What are your day to day responsibilities?
- Management and development of the organisation
- Clinical guidance
What is your professional background?
- Psychologist with clinical speciality
- Social Entrepreneur
- Information Technology at Google Ireland
Tell me about yourself away from work?
I love to travel around the world and learn from different cultures and people. I like to walk for exercise and I’m really interested in books about technology. To relax and when I have the time, I play strategy games such as ‘Civilisations’. I like meeting up with friends and going out for a good meal - of which there’s plenty of choice in Dublin! I love Dublin. Although I’m from Poland, I’ve lived in Dublin for more than 14 years. I think there is no end of things to do here and when family and friends visit, I love showing them around.
Tell us something very few people know about you?
I’m afraid of spiders!
You are speaking at the 2017 Mental Health Summit. What are you speaking about?
I will be speaking about the use of technology in the mental health sector. I will be looking at how technology can improve access to mental health support.
What major challenges do you see for mental health services in Ireland?
I think we need to continue to improve access to mental health services across Ireland, not only in the bigger cities but in smaller towns and rural areas too. I believe the enhancement of technology will improve this access, as someone living in Donegal, for example, can have a counselling session with a therapist in Dublin - all through the use of online technology such as video conferencing.
Where would you like to see our mental health service in 10 years time?
I would like to see equal access to mental health services for everyone. I would like to see a strong focus on early intervention before a problem gets worse and that support is possible when somebody needs it.
Krystian Fikert, founder and CEO of MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing is speaking at The 2nd National Mental Health Summit. The agenda and further details for this important national event, at the AVIVA Stadium on November 9th, is available at Mentalhealthsummit.ie.