We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many Ontarians. In fact, a recent CMHA Ontario poll demonstrates the strain the pandemic has had on the mental health of Ontarians. It shows that only 35% consider their current state of mental health as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent,’ a significant decrease from 52% as recorded in its first poll in May 2021. Perhaps not surprisingly, rates of stress, anxiety, and depression during the pandemic are also worse than ever.
BounceBack can help. It’s a free, evidence-based, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skill-building program that can help adults and youth 15+ better manage their symptoms of low mood, stress, worry and mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety.
With the guidance of a trained coach and skill-building workbooks, participants will learn coping strategies to manage their symptoms. These symptoms may have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or other significant life events, such as a new baby, divorce, job loss, chronic illness, chronic pain, loss of a loved one, school. The program takes about 3-6 months to complete, and during this time, participants will have access to up to 6 telephone coaching sessions. Telephone coaching and workbooks are available in many languages, including English, French, Cantonese (with workbooks in Traditional Chinese), Mandarin (with workbooks in Simplified Chinese), Spanish, and Tamil.
For more information on BounceBack, please visit bouncebackontario.ca.