And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) problems for a moment. Yale Better Help…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally persuaded that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed 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 same thing. It’s actually important that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and absolutely better than absolutely 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 concerns Dr Balick.