In a recent article Rick Nauert wrote about the probability of a web-based therapy for depression. I think the key point he makes is at the end where Professor Andrews reports that this is not really meant to replace current face-to-face therapy, but:
“Internet programs could be utilized extensively to enhance existing mental health services.”
This has been my feeling for quite some time. How can we harness the power of a medium that people are connected to on a daily basis to support mental health? I guess reading blogs is one way. There are also other sites that bring people through very cost effective standalone treatment programs like in Aliveworld. Aliveworld provides these cost effective interactive programs from leading authors to work with issues from stress, anxiety, anger, money, weight loss, to spiritual development. Other sites have created live programs such as emindful.com.
Even though I was a weary critic of Twitter, I have begun to realize how it can be effective in supporting people who want to integrate a more mindful way of living throughout the day. I created the Mindful_Living twitter feed where people receive mindfulness-based insights for the purpose of popping them into a mindful place at a point during the day. I believe that over time this will make it more natural to just become mindful throughout the day. To get more mindful living in daily life, go to http://twitter.com/Mindful_Living.
With my great support of web-based programs it’s also noteworthy that while there are great technologies that are arising to support mental health, at the same time it is vital that we use it in moderation and we know when to unplug. There is a fine line in becoming too absorbed with our gadgets and it is important to let go of the electronic leash sometimes and live life away from the web.
But go ahead and have a play, see how these programs work for you. When working with our mental health, it is good to create a supportive environment to do so and these types of programs can be part of your environment. At the end of the day, we are all individuals and what may work for some, may not work for another. But, we’ll never know unless we give it a shot.
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Last reviewed: 15 Jun 2009