And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) concerns for a moment. Better Help And Spac…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually crucial that individuals who take part in it are aware that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re battling with relationship concerns, accessory concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet provides a range from your counsellor that may not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.