““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!
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!
The invasion of Ukraine unleashed a long chain of global economic, social and personal disruptions that will likely result in severe psychological consequences for those who have experienced trauma. There is a critical and urgent need to enable an infrastructure that can support quality care at large scale and is both accessible and affordable.
The Virtual Ukraine Metaverse are spaces that were developed to help the Ukrainian people effected by the war, and provide them with a safe virtual space where they can gather together. It allows them to create and customize avatars and participate in a group session with complete anonymity, where the user name and email is not linked to their personal data and they are able to create avatars that have no resemblance to them if they choose to do so. The platform also allows voices can also be modified so that identification is not recognizable.
"The Ukraine Project" team was formed bringing together an International team of scientists, clinicians, and technologists. As part of the evaluation, the use of clinically-oriented Virtual and Augmented reality strategies are being explored to determine how they play a role for enhancing the delivery of care. 8agora has been working with this team and has developed a set of prototype metaverse gathering spaces that leverage spherical imagery of Ukrainian locations to support shared social support engagement of people affected by the war, and making it accessible from any device that has an internet connection and anywhere in the world.
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.