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And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) issues for a moment. Better Help Ipo…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.

Not everyone is completely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.

” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s actually crucial that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”

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” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room.

In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.