One of the most-often cited reasons for not seeking mental health care is poor accessibility. This lack of accessibility may be due to geographical distance, a lack of appropriate providers in a particular region, or a lack of time are all real barriers. With telemental health, geographical distance or location becomes far less of an issue. With relative ease, you and your clinician can connect electronically. Suddenly, the time and distance are a non-issue.
We live in a busy world and not everyone who wants therapy can fit appointments into a tight 9-5 schedule. Job responsibilities, families, drive time to and from appointments and other obstacles can sometimes limit how and when you are available. Telemental health sessions offer flexibility to schedule appointments at a time that fits your needs.
Telemental health is convenient and let’s be honest, we all like convenience. Now you can access help from wherever you are. Traveling or being home with a sick child used to mean another cancelled appointment. Now, you can arrange to see your therapist no matter what life tosses in the mix. With the internet being available almost anywhere, being able to access help when and where you want it has never been easier.
For some people, fear of seeking mental health help and the associated stigma is very real. They may fear others finding out they’re seeking help. Other folks may have issues with leaving their home or feeling safe in an office setting. Being able to engage in therapy in the comfort of your home or other secure space can eliminate these barriers.
Engaging online is comfortable for many people. Savvy individuals are increasingly turning to the internet for their emotional and psychological needs. Surveys have found that almost 80% of Americans use the internet to see mental health information, and telemental health fits right in.
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Telemental health makes it easier and more convenient for patients to stay healthy and engaged in their health care. Patients love the convenience, flexibility and real-time care with their providers.