The digital mental health platform ThoughtFull and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Singapore have signed an exclusive partnership to provide better access to bio-psychosocial care for the people of Singapore.
The collaboration aims to address the stigma of mental health and close the treatment gap.
As part of this partnership, ThoughtFull offers free three-month access to support from counselors or psychologists via its ThoughtFullChat mobile app. The app also offers curated self-service content, tracking, and personalized behavioral coaching and therapy.
In the end, Pfizer Singapore will help to combine psychosocial and pharmacological care and thus also create added value for your practice.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
ThoughtFull and Pfizer primarily target major depression (MDD) patients. White paper research by the accounting firm KPMG revealed that the disease one of the biggest causes of self-contribution to healthcare in the Asia-Pacific region. In a 2016 study, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore found that the treatment gap for MDD was over 73% due to stigma and inaccessibility to care.
In light of the above, Erika Pagani, Country Manager at Pfizer Singapore said she partnered with ThoughtFull to “combat stigma surrounding mental health and develop a digital mental health space that will help nurture the ecosystem of the to support mental health care in Singapore ”.
Meanwhile, ThoughtFull Founder and CEO Joan Low noted how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the acute gaps in end-to-end mental health services. “As we transition out of this pandemic, our work to fill these gaps in bio-psychosocial support has only just begun,” she added.
Another Singaporean company Holmusk, recently partnered with the National Healthcare Group and IMH to jointly develop advanced analytical tools that enable earlier detection and intervention in mental disorders. They will also develop a range of digital mental health therapeutics and tools that can be used in primary care and community hospitals and clinics.
In the meantime, the Singapore Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion Board will launch and start later this year Online portal for mental health resources on HealthHub.