Mandatory placement of Free Online Counseling in all schools for students' mental health.

Mandatory placement of Free Online Counseling in all schools for students' mental health.

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Nowadays, it is not safe outside because of Covid 19. So students cannot go to school and online classes have been implemented for their safer study. But because of the shock of other students in online classes, their minds are confused, stressed that often leads to suicide. We want to petition the Mandatory placement of Free Online Counseling in all schools for students' mental health assessment during this pandemic because it will relieve stress and guide students in what they should do in their lives.

People tend to think of mental disorders as something that happens to someone else - “It doesn’t affect me, I’m not an insane person”. There are multiple aspects of mental health - from serious disorders like Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder to anxiety, mild depression, eating disorders or substance abuse. Young people often refuse to admit that they suffer from a disorder or look for help, partly due to insufficient knowledge, and partly because of fear of negative reactions from their peers. The truth is that, among students, anxiety, depression and eating disorders are extremely common. Stress from exams, pressure from peers and family - pressure to do well at the university and to go out socialise and have fun. Going away on an exchange may for sure add to that - it is an additional challenge that can sometimes make you feel more stressed and on edge.

2 ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE COUNSELLING

Online counselling, once termed alternative therapy, is now becoming a common practice preferred by both clients and therapists (Elleven & Allen, 2004). It has been praised for bridging the gap that existed with traditional face to face therapy around issues such accessibility, convenience, affordability and more.

> Accessibility

Web counselling is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there is no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling. Those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. Those that have visual and hearing impairments can also benefit from such services.

Web counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive therapy as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet (Shaw & Shaw, 2006). Anyone who has access to the internet can make use of such services at their convenience. Even if therapists are not available at all times, emailing for instance may give the client the perception that they are interacting with their therapist at the time of writing the email and sending it (Centore & Milacci, 2008).

> Convenience

Online therapy is convenient. Both the therapist and the client have the convenience of corresponding with each other at a range of variant times. This style of therapy can take away the hassle of scheduling and setting appointments more common in traditional settings. This also creates an opportunity for the therapist to extend their services to more clients as appointments can be potentially scheduled over 24 hours and reach a larger geographical region.

For those individuals who are ambivalent about therapy or who may be uncomfortable with traditional models of therapy, may find online counselling more suitable whereby it has been found that online therapy is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with talking face to face with someone about their problems or who are suffering from social phobias, agoraphobias or anxiety disorders (Gedge, 2009).

Our goal is also to understand the importance of mental health and it should be focused especially on young students who are transitioning to the new normal. I hope you like our petition and help us to implement it just by signing here.

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