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Digital Society Initiative

The Metaverse: A role to play in mental healthcare?

The metaverse is an immersive space in which users can experience being «inside» the internet and interact digitally with other users, objects, and environments. Researchers are exploring whether the technologies that generate the metaverse – virtual and augmented reality – might be tools for mental healthcare. Recent studies show that 3-D hologram clinicians for virtual consultations or augmented reality exposure therapy could play a role supporting mental health professionals in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders, eating disorders, addictions, panic disorders, among others.

This webinar will address ethical questions that emerge with the provision of mental healthcare in the metaverse. Can virtual and augmented reality be valuable for people with limited access to in-person mental healthcare? Will accessing mental healthcare in the metaverse expose people to violations of their mental integrity? Can the metaverse protect people’s privacy?

International speakers will present their views on mental healthcare in the metaverse, discuss ethical issues, and answer questions from the audience.


  • Thomas Douglas, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
  • Victoria Lush, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University
  • Katitza Rodríguez, Policy for Global Privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Hosts: Nikola Biller-Andorno & Tania Manríquez Roa, University of Zurich & Members of the DSI

When / Wann: April 25, 2023, 17:00 – 18:30

Where / Wo: online on Zoom

Language / Sprache: English

Organisation: Forum for Global Health Ethics


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