April 16th, 2015: It has been estimated that up to 50% of Americans are likely to experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, and the U.S. healthcare system struggles to meet the growing demand for behavioral health services resulting from recent regulatory healthcare reforms. More newly insured Americans experiencing behavioural health difficulties have begun seeking care from licensed
Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time - it's part of life. This week is US National Mental Illness Awareness week and given the week that’s in it October 9th also marks National Depression Screening Day which encourages people to take an anonymous screening for one of the following mood or anxiety disorders at www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org
Myth 5: Online Mental Health Services Are Unaffected by Geography
May 28th, 2014 – At first glance, therapy services provided via the internet might appear to be unaffected by geography. It doesn’t matter where you are located, if you can access the internet, you can access the majority of pages and the services they may offer… surely? The internet is ‘anytime/anywhere’!
5 Resources to Help People Address Substance Abuse Problems
May 16th, 2014 – The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs the United States over $600 billion in lost work productivity, healthcare expenses, and the costs associated with crime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The problem among young adults (aged 18 to 25) remains persistent with 21.3% reporting the use of illicit drugs within the last month, and binge drinking
Considerations in commissioning an online therapy solution
A key challenge for mental healthcare providers is to provide clinically effective yet cost-efficient services. Computer-based cognitive behavioural interventions have been shown to be an efficient and innovative solution, especially for the high prevalence mental health presentations such as anxiety and depression.
In this blog, we look at concerns regarding the usefulness of online resources for suicide prevention and crisis intervention. An important and sensitive topic, suicide is a serious and increasing problem worldwide and the World Wide Web has had a tremendous impact on people’s lives, both negative and positive.
Myth 3: Text-only communication lacks self-expression
April 2nd, 2014 – Despite great literary works as Shakespeare, people still occasionally wonder if words alone can convey the breadth of human experience. This leads them to question the validity of therapy based on written communications.
Myth 2: Online Therapy is No More than Email Exchange
Multiple communication modalities Clients can now elect to communicate with clinicians and therapists through video, instant messaging, chat, phone calls and, of course, occasional face-to-face meetings.
A matter of security The idea that the internet does not offer the security required to ensure verification of client identity or guaranteed privacy, makes some believe that online therapy is a non-starter.