And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Better Help Koers…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who take part in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and absolutely much better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.