And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Jacksfilm Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely convinced that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand 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,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s truly essential that people who engage in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and certainly much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.