Searching for answers online

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The Internet is a wonderful place. From the answers to the latest problem set to the location of your next one-night-stand, anything you could want to know about is just a few clicks away. One of the most important resources that the Internet offers though, especially in light of the fact that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, is a variety of tools and services that can help YOU stay on top of your mental wellness game.
Seeing a therapist in real life can quickly get expensive, and often be impractical with the fast-paced, busy nature of most of our lives. Luckily, for nominal fees that often undercut even insurance-subsidized therapy, there are a multitude of online therapy options, all of which work through a variety of different pricing and therapy models. Here are some of the best:
Breakthrough
Breakthrough is essentially Yelp for therapists. It lets you search through available therapists, using a variety of filters like location and insurance plan compatibility. It even lets you message potential therapists to find the best fit, before letting you schedule an online appointment that you can complete right in your browser!
Grace Tree
While similar to Breakthrough, Grace Tree has the added advantage of offering email, direct chat, or phone conversations for therapy sessions, thus catering to audiences who may prefer one form of communication over another. Unfortunately, it isn’t quite as Tinder-esque as Breakthrough, but with a highly qualified pool of staff, that should not prove to be too much of an issue.
Talkspace
A somewhat unique offering, Talkspace operates in a manner somewhat similar to the “Let’s Talk” initiative on campus that offers low-commitment therapy when you want it, where you want it. All you need to do is navigate to the website, enter your questions or concerns into the box in the middle of the screen, and bam: you’re connected with an appropriate therapist who will then guide you through the next steps of setting up your account, and scheduling regular online sessions.
Proven Therapy
Not sure if online therapy is for you? Slide over to Proven Therapy, and take their free consultation before deciding if you want to pay for a service. If you decide to use it, you’re charged either by the minute, or per session. Don’t want to pay? Proven Therapy also has an active user forum where people can post questions for free.
BetterHelp
With the goal of making mental health care affordable and accessible to everyone, BetterHelp provides a low-cost therapy solution: a private chatroom for you and your counsellor. No matter when, you can type in your thoughts or feelings, and your assigned counsellor shall respond. Like Proven Therapy, BetterHelp also offers a free period, though in this case it’s a whole week’s worth of therapy as a trial.

That said, even if none of these are appealing, technology can still be one of the best things for your mental wellness, if used judiciously. The simple ability to place a phone call, or send a text message when you’re feeling low can boost a bad day, and make it better. The availability of online mood-diaries can be instrumental in helping you find patterns underlying mental wellness slumps, and help you be proactive when it comes to keeping on top of your psychological well-being.

3 Responses to "Searching for answers online"

  1. Klaus   June 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    There are some interesting points in time in this article but
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    There is some validity but I will take hold
    opinion until I look into it further. Great article
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  2. Paul Perkovich   July 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I think another useful tool that the internet has provided for mental health is the plethora of mood/emotional management resources. In addition to the above options for more professional and personal help, a you can find easy and helpful techniques that offer more general advice for keeping calm and stable. The ones I know of often focus on mindfulness and frequently employ meditation. Websites like calm.com or stopbreathethink.com are simple and beneficial for everyone, not only people who receive professional counseling.

    Great article! I like your writing bud!

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    • Ananya Agrawal   July 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Paul! And yes, those are also an important part of a mental health wellness toolkit — in addition to those you mentioned, I find the idea of digital mood diaries fairly intriguing as well.

      Reply

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