The Canadian Mental Health Association is now expanding its BounceBack® program across Canada with support from Bell Let’s Talk.
BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that helps adults and youth 15+ learn to manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and skill-building workbooks, participants can learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being.
Based on cognitive behavioural therapy, BounceBack has been shown to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms by 50%. Already offered by CMHA in BC, Ontario and parts of Manitoba, where it is funded by provincial governments and donors, BounceBack is now being expanded to the rest of Canada.
“We are proud to be able to introduce this proven mental health program to more Canadians,” said Margaret Eaton, National CEO, CMHA.“COVID-19 is here now, but the mental health impacts will last long after the pandemic is over. BounceBack can help people build new skills and better adapt to the challenges we’re all facing.”
Available in English and French to residents across Canada, the program is free to all participants and is guided by trained coaches overseen by clinical psychologists. Participantscan find out if they’re eligible and refer themselvesto the program by filling out an online registration form.
The expansion of BounceBack is made possible by a $1 million donation from Bell Let’s Talk.
“Through the expansion of BounceBack, CMHA will be bringing vital support to Canadians on a national scale in this time of crisis and uncertainty,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “As demand for mental health supports increases due to COVID-19, Bell Let’s Talk is proud to help CMHA grow the reach of its proven BounceBack program.”