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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Forum for Global Health Ethics: 'The Metaverse: A role to play in mental healthcare?'

Here you can watch short clips of our webinar on the potential provision of mental healthcare services in the Metaverse. 

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. 

In this webinar we addressed 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? 


  • 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  

Organisers: University of Zurich (IBME) and Swiss Medical Weekly 

Read «Mental health services in the metaverse: potential and concerns» a viewpoint on the topic published on the occasion of this webinar.

Welcome words and agenda (5 min)

Presentation Victoria Lush (11 min)

Presentation Thomas Douglas (10 min)

Presentation Katitza Rodríquez (13 min)

Q&A section (32 min)

Closing remarks (3 min)


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