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EMBRACING A.I. AS A RESOURCE IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY

Updated: Jul 31, 2023


Finding the right balance when using AI as a tool for mental health involves recognizing its potential benefits while remaining mindful of its limitations. At Lifey, we emphasize the importance of prioritizing real-world human connections and community- and also recognize the value of AI in specific contexts, where it can complement and support mental well-being.


Among the various AI tools that exist, AI chatbots stand out as valuable assistants for mental health. When curated thoughtfully, these virtual interactions can offer valuable insights, journal prompts, and constructive advice, while helping promote positive behavior and success.


Gratitude Journal Prompt Example:

Using a chatbot to gain inspiration to enhance a daily gratitude practice.

Above, you can see an example of interacting with a chatbot as a source of inspiration to gain new ideas to further enhance an already existing gratitude practice. The true secret in leveraging AI's to help with your mental health journey is to lean on its ability to process vast amounts of data instantaneously to provide you with personalized responses based on your input or "prompts." In other words, you can use A.I. to help provide you with fresh perspectives, book recommendations and other forms of feedback that can lead to a heightened state of self-awareness.


Self-Improvement Book Recommendations for Emotional Trauma:

Using a chatbot to quickly source some self-help book recommendations for someone who has experienced emotional trauma.

While exciting, AI tools for mental health do require a level of caution and the understanding that they are not a substitute for seeking professional help in any way. Instead, A.I. has the ability to complement traditional therapy and self-improvement practices rather than replace any existing genuine human connections.


Additional Examples of Using A.I. as a Tool to Support Your Well Being


In this example, we asked a chatbot to provide us with grounding techniques for someone who feels anxious.

Using a chatbot to learn about different grounding techniques.

 

In this example, we asked a chatbot about what to look for when looking for a therapist or mental health professional.

Using a chatbot to empower yourself with information of how to find a therapist.

 

In this example, we created a prompt with an A.I. chat bot to educate someone about the different types of yoga practice, so they could read through all the options before choosing the modality that could be right for them.

We've merely skimmed the surface of how to use AI in the mental health field, and we recommend consulting with a mental health professional to learn if adding an AI tool to supplement your self-care regimen is right for you. Remember, AI supplements, but doesn't replace human touch.

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