Even though doctors caution people against the use of the internet to diagnose disease, in reality the trend is people are going online to get health information, and this will continue to increase. With 50% of Australians already going online to get health information, the Minister for Mental Health and Aging, Mark Butler indicated that for many people the web was a private way for them to take the first steps toward dealing with a health issue. This was particularly so for people suffering mental illness because it tends to carry a stigma that acts against sufferers seeking medical advice.
The launch of a new e-mental health portal called mindhealthconnect aims to provide a trustworthy source of information, support and gateway to therapy for people seeking information and assistance; for many mindhealthconnect may encourage taking the initial steps needed to getting help for their illness.
You can read the Minister's full editorial piece here!