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In 2012, the concept of digital mental health was emerging as a significant opportunity to bridge the gap in mental health treatment accessibility. The core insight was that while many individuals suffering from mental health issues lacked traditional healthcare access, a large number had access to mobile devices. This realization prompted a shift towards mobile health (mHealth), which focused on using mobile technologies like apps, text messaging, and online forums to enhance patient-driven access to mental health support and self-management tools.

The primary goal of mHealth at the time was to improve health outcomes by making mental health support more accessible and convenient. These digital tools aimed to promote self-help and augment clinical support through data collection and physician consultation, potentially strengthening the therapeutic alliance and improving clinical outcomes while lowering costs. However, there were challenges regarding patient privacy, data security, and ensuring that the technology was accessible and usable for all patients, regardless of their digital literacy.

In essence, as of 2012, the digital mental health field was recognizing both the potential and the challenges of integrating technology into mental health care, focusing on patient empowerment, data security, and the need for digital inclusion to ensure effective engagement with digital health services.