The post-Covid era has seen exponential growth in mental illnesses globally. Unfortunately, people do not discuss mental health issues due to the fear of social stigma. However, digital advancements have made it possible to overcome that fear.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of telehealth for mental health and how it is changing the entire mental health landscape.
What is telehealth for mental health care?
Telehealth is a convenient option for receiving mental health care at home without the need for in-person visits. All you need is a device with an internet connection to connect for your sessions and therapy. Usually, a telehealth app is used to communicate with your mental health professional.
Some services you can receive with telehealth are:
- Virtual one-on-one therapy
- Text therapy
- Remote monitoring
- Prescription for medicines
- Mental health counseling
- In 2021, the telehealth market in the US was estimated at US$ 23.5 billion. It is speculated to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 44.4% from the year 2022 to 2028.
- One in five adults in the US experiences a mental health issue (52.9 million Americans in 2020). And almost 45% of them don’t seek proper care because of barriers to healthcare access.
How is it changing the mental health game?
Telehealth is changing the mental healthcare industry in multiple ways. Here are some of the benefits of telehealth platforms.
Telehealth apps allow you to connect with a mental health specialist from the comfort of your home. Individuals suffering from mental health issues can consult with a professional on a live video call. It also saves time as you no longer have to drive to a clinic or get stuck in traffic.
Many people suffering from mental health are scared to talk about it. Some of them feel ashamed, and others may not get the feeling of confidentiality in a clinic. Many of them cannot even speak openly about their problems as they struggle to share personal information face-to-face. Hence, one of the most significant advantages of telehealth over the traditional approach is the sense of confidentiality an individual can feel. Due to its remote nature, patients can feel safe and secure and explain their issues in detail without fear of judgment. They are sitting at their homes during these sessions, which provides them with a natural sense of security and confidentiality.
#3 Destroys the barrier to accessing mental health care
According to the statistics, the US is facing a huge shortage of mental health care practitioners. Currently, only 28% (approx.) requirement is met. This leaves many people in the country without access to a mental health specialist in their vicinity. Telehealth eliminates this issue. Individuals suffering from mental health issues can connect with a psychiatrist thousands of miles away. It is an effective and much better solution, especially when long-term treatment is required. In addition, you don’t need to drive for hours for your sessions.
People with self-harm tendencies or suicidal thoughts need immediate attention. However, they may not have the time to travel or drive to a nearby psychiatrist. Telehealth apps let you connect with the required mental health professional immediately. It may save countless lives and can be considered one of the biggest achievements of telehealth.
#5 Increased Efficiency
Mental health practitioners can exchange a lot of helpful information with their patients. They can send
- Reminders for appointment
- Coping techniques to perform
- Information related to the patient’s mental health condition
- Information related to finding care providers
Remote sensors can help monitor a patient’s real-time condition.
Many people suffering from mental issues require a safe space to discuss their personal issues. Such people may be facing abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or harassment. And they cannot speak openly about their condition, especially around people who are causing the trauma. With text or audio therapy, such people can feel a sense of safety. They can connect with psychiatrists when they are alone and share everything without any fear.
Mental health care: what to expect
Telehealth has revolutionized the mental health space. With advancements in telemental health technology, barriers to accessing mental health care are mostly gone. The usage of telehealth platforms has been at an all-time high since the Covid outbreak. More companies and startups are also getting involved in the scene, which raises awareness.
Everyone deserves access to proper mental health care without any fear and shame. Telemental health platforms are making it possible today and changing our perception of mental health issues.