Teletherapy Usage Up 600 Percent in 6 Months
BUFFALO GROVE, IL – Colleges, universities, and K–12 schools throughout the country made the switch to remote platforms in early March following state-mandated shelter-in-place orders and school closures. Since then, the number of teletherapy sessions on the META platform has increased 586%.
Before the pandemic, teletherapy was a novelty option to make counseling more convenient and private. Meeting over a video call from home allowed users to avoid the stigma of walking into a clinic.
With social distancing and mask mandates, teletherapy is the safest option for students and counselors to meet.
“Schools are under enormous pressure to deliver an effective education while still keeping staff and students safe,” said Raj Rajan, CEO of META. “They’re grateful for META because it’s one less thing they have to worry about and they can deliver on the promise for continuous mental health services.”
META is available in all 50 states and has partnered with higher education and K–12 institutions across 70+ campuses. Students download the META mobile app and are presented with their school counseling staff or available licensed providers. They message the counselor they want and can begin counseling sessions through voice, video or chat.
About META: META is the nation’s first teletherapy platform built specifically for students. META offers near-real-time video counseling with licensed mental health professionals or school counselors from the privacy of an Android or Apple smartphone. META’s mission is to reduce the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health by offering students an easy way to receive secure counseling without the need for in-person sessions. The app is free to download, and programs can be launched at institutions within three days. Learn more at www.meta.app
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