Telehealth has been around for decades, with one of the earliest examples dating as far back as the 1950s for psychiatric consultations. However, it has only been in recent years that more people than ever before have tapped into this highly convenient and advanced medical care resource. Although GP telehealth is one service, it’s not the only one. You can now access mental health care through this very same channel. Find out why many people are exploring their options around psychology telehealth below. 

Minimizes the Fear of Stigma

Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health disorders, but not everyone has the confidence or ability to access in-person care. Afraid of what people around them would think, they may be more inclined to suffer in silence. Having convenient access to telehealth services has meant people can get the support and professional guidance they need, without having to leave home or wait in a waiting room at a doctor’s office. Instead, they simply need to book an online or phone appointment and be present on the call somewhere they feel safe. 

Takes Care of Mental Health Professional Shortages

Not everyone knows how to manage their depression or mental health issues on their own. However, not every small town, or even large city, has an available mental health professional to provide much-needed support. Psychology telehealth services bridge that gap. Even if you live in the most remote town, you’re always a phone call away from a trained expert who can talk through your problems and offer helpful management tools and techniques. 

Caters to Those Who Can’t Leave the House

Due to self-isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of transport, or a mental health-related fear of leaving the house, not everyone has been able to get to vital health appointments. Thanks to telehealth, not getting to a clinic or office is no longer a barrier. Telehealth appointments mean everyone can access the support they need. 

Fits Into Busy Schedules

Not everyone has time in their hectic work schedule to attend an in-person mental health appointment. While the appointment might be less than an hour, the commute to and from it can leave you worried about how much productive time you’ve lost. Rather than adding more stress to your life by finding the time to attend your appointment, a telehealth appointment can be more convenient. You can simply lock your office door or sit in your car to get the help you need, no matter your location. 

A Broader Variety of Options

Depending on where you live, you may only have access to a specific type of mental health service provider that may not specialize in your preferred treatment options. You may have even visited someone before, only to find that you didn’t connect with them as well as you had hoped. With telehealth, you have numerous options. Whether you’re looking for holistic-based treatment like meditation, a refill of your prescription, or mental health support, you may find it easier to discover the right professional for your needs. 

Location and circumstances shouldn’t be barriers to accessing valuable health services. Internet and phone appointments ensure that everyone can get the help they need regardless of their situation. 

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Why Psychology Telehealth Is Becoming More Popular," in Medicalopedia, March 8, 2021, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9604/why-psychology-telehealth-is-becoming-more-popular/].