The world is becoming more and more connected as cryptocurrency, blockchain, non-replaceable token projects, the Metaverse and other online communities gain popularity. However, we are also seeing a skyrocketing rate of depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness. This development is certainly not causal, but it is something to consider as younger generations become more involved in virtual spaces. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a national mental health crisis. Mental Health America reported that 47.1 million people in the US are living with a mental illness. That’s one in five Americans, folks.

As disturbing as those numbers are, progress is being made with modern therapies and treatments in and out of virtual worlds. Would you consider logging into your computer to meet your cryptographically certified physician or therapist? What about receiving a prescription delivered at home? Many young people, on the other hand, feel more comfortable in a virtual environment, surrounded by peers and represented by their chosen avatar.

Chelsea Pyne is a certified Brain Longevity® specialist who advocates holistic living and the healing power of nature. She has been a writer, editor and photographer for the past ten years in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition to her magazine work, she has written a children’s book that questions the afterlife, has covered world-renowned regattas and maritime events, and is a meditation and brain health educator.

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