Who is e-mental health for?

In principle, e-mental health is available to all healthcare professionals and clients. However, the scope and the nature of e-mental health services depend on the specific situation. Every client is different and will be able to benefit from e-mental health to varying degrees and in different ways. To be able to use e-mental health, it is essential that the client has access to the Internet, although this is not likely to be much of an issue: 90 percent of European households had an internet connection in 2019 .

“Every client is different and will be able to benefit from e-mental health to varying degrees and in different ways.”

A minimum degree of self-sufficiency is also required in order to be able to use e-mental health. It is also important to bear in mind that clients who are digitally proficient, such as many children, are not always self-sufficient to an adequate degree. The following target groups require particular attention when using e-mental health, especially if the treatment programmes have not been developed specifically for them:

  • children and young people
  • elderly people
  • clients with moderate learning disabilities
  • clients with severe psychological disorders
  • people with literacy difficulties
  • foreign-language speakers
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