The internet and social media are becoming useful tools when it comes to managing mental illness, according to a new survey.
Results from a study conducted by national mental health charity SANE Australia have revealed that the majority of people with mental illness utilise online services to manage their finances, shop and engage with government agencies.
According to SANE Australia executive director Barbara Hocking, the majority of those surveyed stated that the internet made it easier to get in touch with reputable online self-help programs and access general health information.
"This is an important finding because it tells us how the Internet plays a valuable role in helping people overcome isolation and stay connected," Ms Hocking said yesterday (March 6).
"It also highlights what people who are not connected are potentially missing out on."
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"Access to the internet has become an essential part of our lives and it will increasingly be used to deliver health services," Black Dog Institute executive director Helen Christensen added.