And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Hackney…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really essential that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.