Mental Health Support Online Is Launched By Boots As Demand Rise
The Boot has launched a package of on-demand mental health services available through its website. There are free and paid options available from Boot. The company has developed this service in response to a rise in mental health patients seeking advice in high-street pharmacies.
Boots Online Doctor now offers a Depression and Anxiety Treatment that entails GP consultation. It is followed by a customized treatment and support plan and, if necessary, prescription medication. Through Boots’ website, customers can also access a Support Room, which matches patients with a therapist they can talk to over text and offer video check-ins. Customers can also learn self-help techniques from the therapist.
The primary mode of therapy provided through the NHS, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), will also be available via video calls to allow anyone across the country to receive the assistance.
In addition, those who prefer a more hands-off approach can use the Mood & Symptom Checker, which provides a short, confidential mental health report reviewed by a mental health professional. There is also an information hub with articles and advice about mental health.
The pharmacy chief at Boots, Marc Donovan, said that mental health is an integral part of human wellbeing, and our pharmacists are always on hand to provide advice and support to people – whatever their health needs may be.
Regarding mental health, patients should have access to treatments that suit them. He adds that mental health issues like depression and anxiety affect people differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
TV presenter Roman Kemp told Boots’ Taboo Talk podcast about his experience with depression and accessing therapy during the pandemic. I hope everyone tries treatment at least once in their lives, he said. Taking antidepressants helps me, he added. “Why should I feel ashamed about something that is helpful to me?”
A total of 1.6 million people are on NHS waiting lists for specialist mental health services, while eight million more await support for milder mental health problems. As a result of the pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis, and even climate anxiety, mental health has plummeted across the UK.
Matthew Taylor, the National Health Service Confederation CEO, has urged the government to increase funding for mental health services. Mental health services were under pressure before COVID-19 hit, but the pandemic has worsened the situation. According to those who work in the field, recently, mental health patients have suffered from a greater severity of illness.
In particular, eating disorders are rising among children and young people. Several of these children are extremely ill and need to remain in hospitals, but there is not enough room for all of them. According to a recent study released on Monday, girls’ mental health is “at a precipice,” and they are experiencing “deep distress.”