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““There is no health without mental health.” - World Health Organization

According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 12 billion workdays lost every year to depression and anxiety, with a cost to the global economy of approximately $1 Trillion USD as a result of reduced productivity.

The conditions involving mental health are common across the globe. Mental health conditions impact families, colleagues, communities and societies at large. And while mental health plays a consequential role in our emotional, social, and overall health and well-being, most societies often neglect to provide the much-needed health and social systems that enable access to quality and affordable mental health care.  The result is millions of people who suffer and experience negative impacts in their daily lives.    From childhood to adulthood, mental health impacts how we think, act and feel.  It influences work and school performance and productivity, how we handle stress, the choices we make, and how we relate to others.

From the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the economic, social, and personal disruptions caused by the invasion of Ukraine, the world is experiencing an enormous toll on people’s mental well-being.  WHO estimated an increase in depression and anxiety of over 25% in addition to the one billion people already living with a mental disorder. 

8agora is dedicated to helping clinical and mental health professionals build democratized virtual environments that are accessible to all people who are suffering from mental health issues, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  As we continue this important journey, we are looking for partners to assist us with this effort and help us with the much needed resources to finance an infrastructure that will this platform to be availabile globally to help those in need!

WHY 8AGORA?
8agora's built-from-the-ground up novel method and software architecture enables a multi-user real-time virtual environment that uses remote streaming and allows users to remotely control their avatar or other 3D object in the cloud.  The virtual environment can be access directly through a web browser, eliminating the need to install the client application software on the user’s personal device. This provides a secure connection for corporate environments who do not allow the installation of applications on employees' computers. And since the entire application runs over a single port, it adds an additional layer of security to corporate networks with strict security policies.  The user’s internet bandwidth requirements are also significantly decreased, making virtual environments more accessible, while also lowering the cost and power consumption at the user device.

8agora offers the only true green energy solution on the market. With all graphics rendering for client sessions performed in the cloud, 8agora’s remote cloud streaming architecture is so optimized for performance and efficiency, it can render 20 concurrent client sessions in the cloud. The result power reduction in the cloud by a factor of >20 and enabling 8agora’s solution the most power efficient, green energy platform available today!

 


VR MENTAL WELLNESS SOLUTIONS - USES
The Ukraine Project

VIRTUAL HEALING: Using 8agora's Metaverse for Ukranian Refugee Therapy

In a groundbreaking clinical study, Ukrainian refugees found therapeutic support in a Metaverse version of Kyiv, led by Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Dr. Cezar Giosan and a team of psychologists in collaboration with 8agora. A 28-year-old woman from Odessa fled to Bucharest to escape the war, experiencing the program's benefits only in virtual reality.

This virtual House with Chimaeras was designed as a space where Ukrainians, many of them displaced from their home country since the start of the war, could meet in VR, share stories, and hopefully recover from their individual and shared traumas. The VR program was oriented around talk therapy and peer support, two of psychiatry’s traditional frontline defenses against PTSD. 

In the study, a therapist, who guided each session—appeared as a customizable avatar. In a pilot session recorded and posted to YouTube, Ukrainian refugees currently living in Bucharest discussed some of the more mundane challenges they encountered since relocating to a new country. “I moved to Romania with my [two] daughters,” a Ukrainian woman said through her avatar, which had pink hair and symmetrical face tattoos. “[We] faced the problem of the language barrier… The first time was hard, but I signed up for a course.” Another woman lamented the difficulties of adapting to the transit system in Bucharest. And so on. The subject matter of the conversation was easygoing by design. “People with PTSD sometimes don't react well when other people mention a traumatic event that they themselves went through,” said Dr. Cezar Giosan, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Bucharest, who helped design the virtual peer support group. “They may have a panic attack during the session… we didn't want that.” Better to have the participants start slow, discussing everyday frustrations, before delving deeper into the traumas they experienced.

The psychologists aimed to reduce stigma surrounding PTSD using VR. The program, accessible across platforms without an expensive VR headset, allowed participants to discuss everyday challenges before delving into deeper traumas. The immersive experience fostered a relaxed environment, easing participants into discussions that may otherwise be difficult. 

This innovative use of technology showcased 8agora's commitment to leveraging the Metaverse for positive social impact, providing a transformative space for healing and support in times of crisis.



VIRTUAL THERAPY HOTLINE

VIRTUAL THERAPY
According to mental health statistics, there are 52.9 million Americans who are living with some form of mental illness, where more than 27 million who are not treated.  More than 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD.  Over 60% of men experience at least one traumatic event during their lifetime. 

            “The epic story of tomorrow can't be written if it ends today.” — Author Unknown

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people age 15 to 24 in the U.S. Nearly 20% of high school students report serious thoughts of suicide and 9% have made an attempt to take their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Up to 16 million adults each year suffer from clinical depression.

Creating a virtual space that is accessible and affordable is a challenge in itself.  8agora can help you create a virtual hotline that is accessible, affordable and a safe virtual environment where people can meet with counselors or support groups and seek the much-need help they require.  Let 8agora help you to develop your own customized Virtual Clinic that enables accessible care and support for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders.