Just a click away

Now, psy­chother­apy can be done in the com­fort and pri­vacy of your own home

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - INSPIRE -

Ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, 29.2 per cent of Malaysian adults have some form of men­tal health is­sues, but with busy sched­ules and fam­ily com­mit­ments – not to men­tion long wait­lists for some ther­a­pists – tack­ling the is­sue can eas­ily fall by the way­side. In­creas­ingly, though, we’re see­ing a rise in men­tal health­care plat­forms con­nect­ing peo­ple with psy­chol­o­gists through on­line video ses­sions, where help lit­er­ally is a click away.

We’re all too fa­mil­iar with Skype and FaceTime, but you can now book a video ses­sion with a psy­chol­o­gist, and talk about ev­ery­thing from anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and drug and al­co­hol prob­lems to eat­ing dis­or­ders, bul­ly­ing and re­la­tion­ship prob­lems. It’s em­pow­er­ing Malaysians to take con­trol of their men­tal health by of­fer­ing ac­cess to psy­chol­o­gists avail­able around the clock, be­fore and af­ter busi­ness hours. Not only is it con­ve­nient, but it al­lows you the pri­vacy of your own home – all that’s needed is In­ter­net ac­cess and a web cam­era, so it’s wel­come news for those in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas.

Ex­perts be­lieve four out of ev­ery 10 Malaysians will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal ill­ness in their life­time, but the way Malaysians are manag­ing their men­tal health is quickly trans­form­ing. And with new stud­ies show­ing that even eczema, hay fever, and asthma can be linked to an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing men­tal ill­ness, it’s para­mount that we take a proac­tive ap­proach to our men­tal health – even if it starts be­hind a key­board.

Much like in per­son ther­apy, on­line ses­sions will see you go through an as­sess­ment to first iden­tify your needs be­fore you’re matched with the ther­a­pist who can best help you.

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