Just a click away
Now, psychotherapy can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home
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.