Supporting Student Mental Health – Part 2: Digital Counselling

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As students struggle to adjust to new environments and social systems, the sense of security that comes from being anonymous on the Internet can seem like an effective way to establishing relationships. This can affect an individual’s identity formation, including the ability to become aware of their lifestyle, goals, abilities, needs and related factors.

Some students may use the anonymity of the Internet to create or re-create a sense of self, believing that these characteristics will transfer to their real life personas.  These students tend to use the Internet excessively to maintain their online relationships, often at the cost of their academic success, and real life interactions.…