How to Tackle Depression in Youth Digitally?
Having a good social connection while accessing online support, for example through virtual therapy sessions or peer support sites, reduced symptoms of depression in young people by as much as 26%. In a project led by the Imperial College, London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, it is found that having a good social connection in the digital world is essential for the mental well-being of an individual. On the other hand, having negative online interactions led to worse mental health.
Having a good connection is becoming increasingly important because our interactions are increasingly becoming online. A review showed that having a good connection with somebody within a digital setting comes in different packages, from having a sense of belonging to being emotionally connected, and yet all of these factors helped to improve depression and anxiety in young people. Feeling lonely or socially disconnected from others can have a negative impact on people’s health, while on the other hand, research has shown that feeling socially connected has a strong protective effect against depression and can reduce anxiety.