The World Health Organization has reported that 1 in 4 persons is affected or will be affected sometime in their life by some type of mental disorder and over 450 million people world is affected by psychological disorders.
Some of these problems are depression, anxiety, suicidal tendency ,panic disorder etc and they all can have effect on our relationship with people . Many of us may be aware of these problems personally or know someone experiencing these problem but we have a number of constraints when it comes to getting help . These constraints can range from not being financially stable or you are uncomfortable speaking to a professional face to face or just don’t want to level the house . A free online crisis counselling might be for you .Here are two websites which can help you.
1. 7 cups of tea
This website allows you to tell your problems to an online therapist or listener it can be done by identifying yourself or anonymously . They have hundred of listener from countries all over the world that you can speak to confidently in many different languages on a one and one basis , group support ,forum and a large community of people to help you.
These are the topics you can talk about
- Alcohol/drug abuse
- Eating disorder
- Disability support
- Family stress
- LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer )
- Panic attack
- Traumatic experience
- Self harm
2. Blah therapy
Blah therapy is another website which offers free online crisis counseling allowing you vent or chat with a stranger but unlike 7 cups of tea they have the option to pay to talk to a trained therapist for about 15- 20 minutes at the cost of $25 . There are also over 1000 groups you can join and over 14000 topics you can discuss . Their community is interactive and allow you to post question and have live answers.
Is it possible to receive effective psychotherapy online ? The answer is yes ,but you should consider the following questions.
- how does the website protect confidential information ?
- does the listener have experience or a good understanding of your problem?
- in what manner is a crisis situation is managed?
- how does the site manage trolls and abusers?
Before you select a listener it’s important to read their profile or ask members of the community to recommend a good listener for your specific problem .