Ontario Expands Virtual Mental Health Services during COVID-19Published on May 05, 2020
During Mental Health Week, the government announced that beginning today, the Ontario government is significantly increasing access to internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) programs to help Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including frontline health care workers, during the COVID-19 outbreak. These internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) programs will be provided at no out-of-pocket costs to Ontarians across the province.
We know thousands of Ontarians are experiencing anxiety and depression, among other mental health and addiction challenges, during the COVID-19 outbreak. Frontline health care workers whose mental health has been affected by the difficult realities of the COVID-19 outbreak can also access supports to help them cope by visiting Ontario.ca.
In addition, the province has established a Mental Health and Addictions COVID-19 Response Table, chaired by the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence at Ontario Health. Members include representatives from across Ontario’s mental health and addictions sector, who are working collaboratively to focus on maintaining services during the outbreak.
Today’s announcement is part of the $12 million in emergency funding to expand online and virtual mental health supports.
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