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April 17, 2019
Virtual Care: An Rx For Addressing Mental Health Struggles
Managing mental health issues are hard, for patients and for over-burdened providers. Although the stigma of mental and emotional health issues are beginning to subside, even those ready to get help encounter discouraging roadblocks: a lack of timely appointments because of a shortage of doctors, the high cost of care, the lack of insurance coverage for mental health services and the challenging emotional burden of acting on the symptoms of depression.
What people often don’t realize is that there’s another option: virtual mental health services. Easily accessible and much less expensive than in-person visits, online care enables patients to access the resources they need to get help and address their challenges. Virtual services also allow people to get help for their mental health concerns from the privacy of their own home. That often makes taking action easier and has been shown to help them be more open and honest about what they're experiencing, compared to a face-to-face with a provider.