At oVRcome, we're extremely passionate about making evidence based treatment for mental health conditions easier to access through Virtual Reality. Through our research partner, the University of Otago we're proud to announce the launch of our second clinical trial, focusing on using Virtual Reality to overcome Social Anxiety. Our first, focusing on five specific phobias can be viewed here.
Above: oVRcome Founder Adam Hutchinson (left) and the University of Otago Associate Professor Dr. Cameron Lacey (right).
are between 18-64 years old
living in New Zealand
have moderate (or higher) social anxiety disorder symptoms on Liebowitz social anxiety scale (>60)
access to a smart phone and internet
willing to participate in the research study and providing informed consent
present with symptoms of severe depression or suicidality respectively as measured with the PHQ-9; total score > 19, =3 on suicidality item
have insufficient knowledge of the English language
are under current treatment for social phobia or psychotropic medication (unless on stable dosage for the previous 3 months and no changes planned during the study period).