Comprehensive and stigma-free services to improve the young generations’ mental well-being for a quality life
The target social issue
Mental health disorders are also a growing concern in Vietnam, with 15% of the population affected, including over 3 million young people and adolescents. However, only 20% of those receive proper medical support, while depression affects 6%. Other problems like Suicide and substance use disorders also significantly impact the young.
These resulted in Vietnam’s economic and social effects.
Based on income groups
Poverty puts 2 million people at risk of mental health problems, while middle-income families face financial issues from healthcare expenses and lost productivity.
Based on social groups
Young people are at high risk of suicide and depression, and 71% of Vietnamese women face domestic violence and gender discrimination.
Ethnic minorities and people with disabilities have limited healthcare access, resulting in higher rates of mental health problems.
Finally, 80% of the LGBTQ+ community experiences stigma and discrimination also leading to these problems
After exploring the ODI report, we identify four impact levels including individual, family, school, and community, resulting from negative internal and external influences.
Our qualitative research also has revealed the root causes, relevant to our primary research.
About 92% of our customers recognize difficulties in their lives, mainly from the individual and community levels, causing mental health issues.
However, 48% of them do not share their feelings
Due to 4 main reasons:
Lack of trust
Fear of being judged
Feeling that others cannot help
and not having the habit of sharing.
Leading to various negative outcomes.
Social Solution Idea
We will become a project that envisions a society where mental health is a priority, and everyone can access mental health care and support by utilizing modern technology to assist individuals in more fulfilling lives.
Based on our previous research about issues, root causes, and impact gaps as well as to make competitive advantages, MENTIS Project follows a Social Constructionist model to approach these issues, both at the individual and societal level. Thus:
We offer an app with a digital diary, expert consultations, and personalized Metaverse functions for young people aged 16-26.
Additionally, we provide art therapy workshops to promote healing and reduce stress, especially for those who struggle to verbalize their emotions.
In the short term, we want to provide accessible resources, reduce issues and stigma, and help individuals cope. Then, we aim to shift cultural attitudes toward mental health to improve overall health outcomes, productivity, and quality of life
High-security methods using AES encryption and Secure Login features on devices
Credible lessons and advice from psychologists
And integration with the Metaverse to offer personalized experiences through virtual characters.
Presentation video of round 1: