Barclay Bram made it through the pandemic with help from his robot friend...
Bram was working on mental health research in China for his PhD when COVID-19 struck. Things got crazy fast. The government was throwing whole cities into absolute lockdowns. Around the Chinese New Year in late January 2020, he decided to drop his work in the country and head home.
With lockdowns sweeping his home in the U.K. too, Bram moved back in with his parents. And in quick succession, he lost a close family friend to the virus and ended a longtime relationship. He spent the next few months completely housebound, isolated except for his parents, and unable to see any friends.
Like so many during the past few years, Bram found himself with his mental health in shambles. He was anxious and depressed... with nowhere to go.
Doctors shuttered their practices. Hospitals canceled elective procedures. Only the sickest people and those in need of emergency assistance could get health services. Mental health professionals were all but impossible to see.
In the U.K., public mental health services were overstretched. Bram didn't want to be a burden to the strained system – with long lines of patients already waiting. And he couldn't afford a private therapist. Bram needed help... and he needed it now.
That's when he turned to the Woebot Health app.
Artificial-intelligence-powered Woebot is essentially a robot "therapist." It learns about you through quick interactions. These can be simple voice phrases or texts. There are no appointments or waiting rooms, and no insurance is needed. And it's available 24/7.
In the strange, broken new world, it was a perfect find for Bram.
At first skeptical, Bram thought the little tricks and tasks Woebot suggested were corny. It told him to "get an ice cube and press it against your forehead" to better connect with his own body. Another exhorted him to "do something nice for someone today." Really?
But over time, the interactions became more frequent. Bram began to look forward to talking to Woebot. He even missed it when he was too busy with something else to check in. Its exercises began to rub off on everyday life. Instead of crippling anxiety about finishing his PhD, Woebot helped Bram think about life in smaller steps – one day at a time.
In a time when there were no therapists to see, Woebot helped Bram scrape his way back to positive mental health. And while it's not a substitute for when folks need a live person to chat with – or people struggling with more serious mental illness, like suicidal thoughts – it's a new, easily accessible, useful tool that people can access in real time.
Woebot is a great example of what we call the "Digital Health Care Revolution." That's the huge move toward using technology to streamline the delivery of medical care. The companies leading this revolution are making the health care system more convenient, less frustrating, and less costly. They're using technology to streamline our health care process.
In the most recent issue of Prosperity Investor, we recommended a company that – like Woebot – is a pioneer in bringing the Digital Health Care Revolution to one of the most overlooked, yet critical parts of health care – managing our mental health.
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Thomas Carroll with Dr. David Eifrig