And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) concerns for a moment. Better Help Warrants…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, 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 individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s truly important that people who take part in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.