16-24 year olds turning to in-person therapy

Written by HarleyTherapy.com
by Harley Therapy   |   Teens and Children
New research from Harley Therapy in advance of World Mental Health Day shows despite 99% of young people using the internet and proposed government guidelines to reduce young people’s time online - when it comes to therapy - 50% of 16-24 year olds favour in person consultations, as opposed to telepsychiatry via Skype or telephone.
With this year’s World Mental Health Day theme being young people and mental health in a changing world, Harley Therapy - lauded ‘the Airbnb of therapy’ with over 400 therapists bookable through their website - harleytherapy.com, sought to uncover the therapy habits of its growing 16-24 year old demographic.
They found that since harleytherapy.com launched in September 2017, the average age of 16-24 year olds getting help is 20 and half of 16-24s are favouring in-person treatment for issues including depression and anxiety.
Dr Sheri Jacobson said: “It is encouraging to see our young client’s valuing in person interaction as they seek to build emotional resilience and overcome issues. Humans are innately predisposed towards in-person interaction and without this contact, problems can present, such as loneliness and sadness.
“In an age where people value quantity of interaction - amassing thousands of connections on our socials - over real-life connection, it is vital we don’t lose our support networks. Afterall, an emoji or like can only go so far in meeting our emotional needs.”
Harley Therapy’s findings come as the government announce the production of the first official guidelines on the maximum amount of time young people should spend on social media, amid concerns about the links between its excessive use and mental health problems.
Harley Therapy Platform uses state-of-the-art technology to recommend therapists to users based on their personalised symptoms, using free text search insights and over twelve years of mental health assessments and results to recommend the most statistically effective support for each individual. Unlike other platforms, users can manage each step in their therapy journey - getting pre-therapy information, finding a therapist, booking an appointment and paying for therapy - securely online, without a subscription and within the space of a few
Launching with a candid in-conversation titled ‘Are You Ok?’ on 9 October, the eve of World Mental Health Day, Harley Therapy founder Dr Sheri Jacobson and June Sarpong MBE will uncover truths around current mental health provisions and perceptions of therapy.
Please contact Philip Bridges phil@harleytherapy.com, 07851 223 481 for further information or interview requests.
Notes to editors:
1. Dr Sheri Jacobson is a Canadian-born psychotherapist and serial entrepreneur. After graduating from Oxford, she trained as a psychotherapist, and founded the highly successful Harley Therapy
London clinics over twelve years ago. Sheri founded harleytherapy.com in 2017
with the aim of expanding her vision of an affordable therapy service accessible worldwide.
2. HarleyTherapy.com is an online booking platform for counselling and psychotherapy matching users with trained, professional psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. Launched in 2017, the platform currently has over 400 registered and insured mental health practitioners situated across the UK available to offer online, telephone and in-person therapeutic services across a wide range of therapeutic disciplines and approaches.
3. World Mental Health Day was started in 1992 by the WHO. The day provides an opportunity "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide".
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