And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) issues for a moment. Gus Johnson Betterhelp…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 just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home 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, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research 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 exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and certainly better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately 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.