And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Is There A Betterhelp Equivalent In Asia…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not just 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 ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s actually important that people who participate in it are aware that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and absolutely much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.