Mobile health for mental health

Program basics

  • Uses text messaging and mobile device applications to deliver health care services
  • Supports individuals with mental health concerns
  • Interventions include education information, automated reminders, and supportive messages

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)


Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Target population


Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Improved mental health, particularly short-term anxiety and depression-related outcomes

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Ensure that any mobile health application ensures data privacy and safety for patients.
  • Early stages of implementation should include government, medical, and application developers to streamline data sharing between apps and local health information systems and facilitate greater use by end users.
  • Barriers to recruitment are patients’ fear of technology failure, difficulty in adapting to and using the technology, dependence on professional supervision, and lack of personalized care.

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