Mental health stigma often makes individuals delay or avoid seeking help (Clement et al., 2015). A study done in university environments asserted the "silence" surrounding mental health problems had an impact on help seeking conducts (Wynaden et al., 2014). To some extent, this encumbers the understanding or knowledge of the services available for help, such as nonstandard medical therapies. This would be the case with TeleBehavioral therapy and art therapy; being one of the newest mental health fields.
A study done in 2014, determined that TeleBehavioral services eased help-seeking behavior for an average of 35% of consumers; they concluded: "young people regularly used and were generally satisfied with online mental health resources" (Kauer et al., 2014). Computer-delivered and web-based interventions were proven "effective in improving students' depression, anxiety, and stress outcomes when compared to inactive controls" (Davies, 2014) Studies suggest Internet-based interventions addresses barriers to treatment and effectively treats a wide range of mental health disorders (Amstadter, Broman-Fulks, Zinzow, Ruggiero, & Cercone, 2009; Carlbring et al., 2011)
Web-based interventions are a great alternative as they help overcome barriers to care such as transportation or scheduling barriers, and the ease of access in the privacy of one’s home further serves to address cultural/ mental health stigma issues related to treatment seeking (Davidson, 2015). The benefits of TeleBehavioral health are documented as follow: "In addition to enabling patients and their families to receive treatment closer to home, demonstrated benefits of TeleBehavioral health include increased access to mental health services, greater consumer convenience, improved recruitment and retention of mental health professionals in under-served areas, better consumer compliance, improved education of mental health professionals, better coordination of care across the mental health system, decreased geographic disparities in health, and reduced stigma associated with mental health services" (Saeed, 2015).