A Content Analysis of the Mental Health Concerns of University Students that are Suitable for Online Therapy
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The purpose of this content analysis is to understand what kinds of mental health challenges facing university students within the age range of 18 to 24 might be suitable for online counselling as a therapeutic option. The late teen years signal a time of change from youth to emerging adult. They often involve the transition from leaving home and high school and adjusting to student life. The changes brought on at this stage of one’s life can be stressful and often bring about mental health challenges, which in turn can have a long-term impact one’s overall health and well-being. Dealing effectively with this challenge can mean the difference between flourishing or struggling to meet one’s full potential. This population group is well versed in the digital world and online interventions offer potential advantages. The findings from this research suggest possible benefits of online therapeutic supports for subclinical mental health issues. In addition, the findings also suggest the potential for using online therapeutic supports in conjunction with face-to-face therapy for more serious mental health concerns.