Mental Health Issues and the Internet
We are now becoming more and more aware of mental health issues. As a society, we are also becoming more accepting of mental health issues. This change that has taken place in recent years has meant that there are more people coming forward for help.
Another dramatic change that we have seen involves celebrities and other well-known people coming forward and telling their stories. We have heard stories of celebrities suffering from depression, anxiety, self-harm, schizophrenia and so on. All of these stories have helped in some way, to get the message across. That message being “Don’t suffer alone, it’s ok to ask for help”.
Has the Internet Helped or Hindered?
The internet has definitely been the cause of or attributed to the declining mental health of people of all ages. Those suffering from low self-esteem, particularly young adults and teenagers have found solace in the World Wide Web. However, this solace does not appear to have helped them in the slightest. Social media sites have seemingly placed a lot of pressure on the young to look a certain way and live their life as they see fit. However, many people do not conform to this idea. This has led many social media users to suffer from a range of mental health conditions.
The good news is that we are now more aware of the pressures that some people are under. It’s because of this (and other factors too) that online therapy is now more widely available.
Getting Help Online
Asking for help is one of the first steps to becoming well. However, it’s often hard to know who to turn to and where to start. It’s important that people seek help if they find they’re more worried than usual. If they’re finding it hard to enjoy things. If there have thoughts and/or feelings that are hard to deal with and have an impact on their life.
The Great News
The great news is that there are more and more resources becoming available for those who are suffering. Whether they want to speak to a person or online, the help is now there.
Some people find it easier to talk to someone online as there’s a sense of anonymity. They don’t have to sit and look at the person they are talking to. They can simply sit in front of their computer, tablet, or phone and get the help they need.
Trained therapists are available now to speak to those who need help. This can be something of a blessing for many who find it hard to open up and speak to their doctor. However, it’s important that you make sure that the person you’re talking to is a licensed therapist. Their website will usually tell you if they are along with how much experience they have.
Getting help for mental health issues has a lot less stigma than it used to. Gone are the days when you would have to live with your illness without help. Now you can ask for high-quality help online that can potentially change your life for the better.