Concurrent Sessions

F1 – BounceBack: Free CBT skill-building program effective for adults and youth 15+ with mild to moderate depression and anxiety

Theme 1. Mental health and addictions

  • Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Concurrent Session F
  • Time: 12:00-12:45pm
  • Room: Harbour A
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Administrative staff, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the Government of Ontario’s investment in publicly-funded psychotherapy services
  • Learn about the role that BounceBack can play in addressing the service gap and supporting clients experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety
  • Learn about BounceBack’s evidence-based benefits, eligibility criteria, referral process and how to put the service into practice at your organization


BounceBack is an evidence-based, guided self-help program designed to help adults and youth (aged 15+) manage symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Using one-on-one telephone coaching, educational workbooks, and online videos, participants learn cognitive behavioural therapy skills to help them tackle problems such as low mood, stress, and worry. Managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario Division and the CMHA York and South Simcoe branch, BounceBack is free and available to clients and primary care providers across Ontario.

Hear from the BounceBack program’s clinical psychologists about this new self-help psychotherapy service that is proven to reduce depressive and anxious symptoms by almost 40% at program completion. BounceBack is part of the Government of Ontario’s recent investment in publicly-funded psychotherapy services for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and represents a major milestone for the mental health and addiction sector. People are in need of faster and more equitable access to mental health supports. And primary care providers need alternative and complementary solutions to offer their clients, outside of referring clients to community services with long wait lists and prescription medication. BounceBack provides rapid early intervention, in multiple languages, and no travel is required to participate. We are excited to share this innovative program with the AFHTO audience.


  • Dr. Helen Chagigiorgis, Ph.D., C. Psych, Registered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, CMHA York and South Simcoe
  • Dr. Christine Courbasson, Clinical Consultant, Clinical Psychologist, CMHA York and South Simcoe