I am pleased to write on the unique endeavor the Rotary Club Jammu Elite has initiated in offering online Mental Health Support to deal with the psychological impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. The current situation with COVID-19 and the effect it is having on people lives can cause stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Online counselling is fast becoming a popular model for support for young people, with key national services such as Lifeline, Kids Helpline and Suicide Call Back Service. Online therapy is growing rapidly. The Internet is not just for chatting with friends and relatives anymore. Although the Internet has made communication easier with emails, chat rooms, and instant messaging services, many people have also found the World Wide Web to be helpful in obtaining information about mental health, including specifics on disorders, medication, and treatment. It was only a matter of time before the availability of easy communication and mental health resources merged together to form what is now known as online counselling.
Web counselling is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there are no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling. Those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. Those that have visual and hearing impairments can also benefit from such services. Web counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive therapy as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet. Online therapy is convenient. Both the therapist and the client have the convenience.
I am sure the Rotarian eco system will emerge stronger for having gone through such people friendly experience. I wish the team Rotary Jammu elite a Good speed and inspiring times ahead.