Professor Colin Espie wears many hats: Co-Founder of Big Health, Oxford University Professor of Sleep Medicine, and world-renowned clinical psychologist. With over 40 years of experience and upwards of 300 published clinical papers, Professor Espie’s superpower is taking complex mental health topics and distilling them in an engaging, empathetic storytelling-like style that anyone can understand. As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is more complex than ever. In the Conversations with Colin series, the Professor will share his perspective on how the mental health crisis impacts us both individually and globally, and how we can take steps towards access to first-line mental health treatments for all.
In the second part of the series, Professor Colin Espie speaks with executive producer and host of WTF Health Jessica DaMassa, to discuss the shortcomings of traditional models of care. Human-delivered therapy, even when enabled by technology, is insufficient to meet the level of need, resulting in long wait times, provider shortages, and rising costs. The only available treatment option for most people is mental health medications, but as the guidelines have long stated, patients should have access to cognitive behavioral therapy as first-line treatments for mental health. Yet, until now, it’s been impossible to fulfill that recommendation. Listen to the full conversation to learn more!