A program that offers help for mild to moderate mental health challenges has been expanded to Atlantic Canada.
BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program for people over 15 years of age that targetes depression, anxiety, stress or worry.
“Through telephone coaching and a selection of skill-building workbooks to choose from, participants can customize their own program, learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being now and in the future,” the Canadian Mental Health Association said in a news release Wednesday.
It’s now available in the Atlantic provinces, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon, and it will be expanded in Manitoba thanks to a $1-million donation from Bell Let’s Talk announced earlier this year.
“We are proud to be able to introduce this proven mental health program to more Canadians,” said Margaret Eaton, CEO of the 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.”
Based on cognitive behavioural therapy, BounceBack has been shown to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms by 50 per cent, the release said. The donation from Bell Let’s Talk has enabled CMHA to leverage existing expertise in British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, where the program is already funded by governments and donors, to more Canadians.
For more information, go to cmha.ca/BounceBack.