Mental health has been on the top of many people’s minds during the pandemic. Cases of depression and anxiety have gone through the roof. A new review by a University of Lethbridge professor has shown that online therapy can be even more important than in person. The review helps people gain access to support that is needed for those struggling with mental health issues. Dr. Cheryl Currie, an Associate Professor at the U of L, says this review looked through over 4,000 articles. They found 21 studies that said eight to 12 hours of online therapy sessions for adults can help with anxiety and depression.
“People are isolated in their home and everything’s so uncertain. When people are struggling with their physical health, they’ll go to the doctor. But when people are struggling with their mental health there’s this stigma attached. People are hesitant to reach out for help. Online can really be a great way to seek help where perhaps people feel a bit more safe. Maybe you’re in group therapy, but in an online environment, perhaps it can be a first step for people.”
The review was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on January 11th.