E-therapies, also known as online therapies or computer-aided psychological therapy, can be just as effective as face-to-face services for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
Most e-therapies teach people to identify and change patterns of thinking and behaviour that might be keeping them from overcoming their anxiety or depression. You work through the program by yourself but most programs also involve some form of support from a therapist. This can be via telephone, email, text, or instant messaging, and will help you to successfully apply what you are learning to your life.
You can visit the Australian Government's www.mindhealthconnect.org.au website to find a library of online programs.
If you are a young person who would like help managing worry and anxiety, the BRAVE Self-Help Program can be used on any computer or tablet device and includes up to 10 sessions that you can work through at your own pace. If you have a parent or guardian who would like to support you with your anxiety, there is also an optional program for them.
ReachOut has launched two free mobile apps to help young people independently manage anxiety and stress, using evidence based psychological therapies. ReachOut Breathe uses simple visuals to help young people slow down their heart rate through their breathing, increasing feelings of calmness and reducing physical symptoms of stress and anxiety. It is one of the world’s first wellbeing apps specifically designed for Apple Watch, and is also available for iPhone. ReachOut Worry, which is available for iPhone and Android phones, helps young people manage anxiety by confining worry to a specific time each day. Learning to capture and then postpone worry makes it less intrusive throughout the day, and can bring about a greater sense of control.
These apps are part of a growing range of online tools and information developed by ReachOut Australia. You can download ReachOut Breathe from the App Store, or download ReachOut WorryTime from the App Store, or the Google Play store.