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Midland, TX: Smartphone app connects students to mental health help

Feb 8, 2018, NBC9, Midland, TX: E.C.I.S.D. school students now have access to mental health care through their smartphone http://www.newswest9.com/story/37463604/ecisd-school-students-now-have-access-to-mental-health-care-through-their-smartphone Have you ever thought about using your phone for your next appointment with a therapist? That's what some students in Ector County are doing. It works like FaceTime or Skype but it has stricter privacy restrictions. What happens is you go to a doctor and they provide the app for you to download and schedule an appointment. "The parents give written permission, but they can be accessible through phone," said Dr. Bobby Jain, Psychiatrist. There are ways that students can have their session during their lunch break, so it does not take time out of the classroom. Jain says that he sees about 4 to 6 students a week in Ector County, but he hopes to bring it to the Midland Independent School District. …