NHS digital mental health programmes see almost nine-fold takeup increase

Online appointments for mental health increase via NHS scheme

An investigation has found a sharp increase in the numbers of people receiving treatment for mental health online

Monday, March 20, 2017

An investigation by The Independent has found the number of people booking online appointments for mental health under a flagship NHS scheme has dramatically risen. 

A growing number of people have booked and received treatment under the National Health Service's flagship mental health programme. 

The scheme relies on two programmes: Ieso, which allows people to get in touch with therapists via instant message, and Big White Wall, which allows contact with officials to obtain treatment over webcam.

According to the paper, there was a rise of "almost ninefold" in use of these two digital mental health programmes from 2012 to 2016, going from roughly 5,700 to almost 50,000. 

The Deparment of Health have assured, however, that this is not a replacement for conventional therapy.