Theme 1. Mental health and addictions
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.