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Pros and Cons of Telehealth and What is the Future of Mental Health?

Telehealth is the umbrella term for all forms of remote healthcare systems. At Practice Support, we primarily concentrate on e-mental well-being and telehealth in relation to a client’s mental health. For many years our POH-GGZ has been utilizing telehealth to serve its patients much more and more efficiently.


The main advantages of using telehealth:

  • Telehealth offers extra information, exercises, and especially clear psycho-education for the patient.
  • Telehealth offers a good interpretation for self-management at your own pace and at a time of your choosing.
  • Telehealth supports conversations; the information from both the conversations and the exercises lingers better in this way.
  • Telehealth provides a patient with support for sustainable self-reliance. The use of telehealth can improve screening and diagnostics because it gives the patient more self-insight.


Disadvantages mentioned regarding the use of telehealth:

  • Some patients prefer only face-to-face contact.
  • Patients cannot access telehealth without the internet.
  • Because patients choose what they read and watch via telehealth, important information may be skipped.
  • There are privacy risks when adequate security is not applied.
  • Patients have yet to get used to self-management.

Although, in addition to all the advantages, we are also aware of the ‘disadvantages’ of telehealth, we mainly see the power of telehealth. To strengthen sustainable self-reliance, start early in the process with ‘getting started’ is a good start. Of course, ‘getting started yourself’ does not mean that you are on your own, it does give you an instrument from the beginning that also gives you control at the end of the process.

Future of Mental Health

Almost 90,000 people are on the waiting list for mental health care in the Netherlands, and one million people are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness. Something has to change, but how? What is the boundary between normal and abnormal?

Just crazy

Psychological diversity, normalization of the abnormal, and innovation of mental health. These are themes from the first episode of VPRO Tegenlicht, on March 1: “Just Crazy”.

“What I would like to say is that nothing is crazy anymore and nothing normal anymore. Many people talk about that first, but as far as I’m concerned, the second is much more important. Because the moment you say things are normal, people have to conform to them, ”says Philosopher Sander Voerman of Redesigning Psychiatry.

New care initiatives

In this episode, new Dutch care initiatives are reviewed, innovations by pioneers who believe that mental health care should change. Care recipients speak, patients with ADHD, burnout, autism, phobias, bipolar disorder, borderline: are they crazy or ordinary?

Professor Floortje Scheepers, psychiatrist: “An anxiety disorder, you could say that is a disease. But of course, fear is not a disease, every person knows fear. The degree to which you feel fear or have control over that fear varies. “

Embrace deviation

Our society is still poorly equipped to understand people dealing with disruption. We see them as an exception and not a variation. Health care is also hardly focused on all that psychological diversity. Diagnosis still often determines treatment, but the pioneers in this episode hope to change that.

What can we cope with the mad and natural concepts? Experience biologists, philosophers, and analysts shed light on this. Those who accept the deviant and acknowledge people’s psychological uniqueness. Some of them challenge the DSM *, which forms the base of the existing scheme. What are all the brands we get out of? In the future, how will things be better? And is this a task that only affects the care professionals of the GGZ or the whole of society?

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