BounceBack anxiety coping program launches in Saskatchewan

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Saskatchewan Division, is launching a new program called BounceBack, giving Saskatchewan residents another option for mental health support.

BounceBack is designed for people over the age of 15 who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry, stated a release.

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The program gives people access to a mental health worker over the phone as well as cognitive exercises.

CMHA said this program is especially needed right now with the increasing rates of depression and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's just critically important right now that people have somewhere to reach out when they're struggling," Phyllis O'Connor, the executive director of CMHA Saskatchewan, said.

The program has already launched in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.

BounceBack in Saskatchewan was sponsored by Bell Let's Talk, continued the release. The mental health initiative sponsored the program to be available in other provinces and territories.

"We know that people are experiencing additional mental health stressors," Chair of Bell Let's Talk, Mary Deacon, said. "But the research is showing as well that it will likely continue long after the pandemic is over. Programs like BounceBack are going to be so important not only now but in the future."

In addition to the resource above, check out the following:

Visit www.anxietycanada.com for information and self-management strategies for anxiety

Visit www.healthlinkbc.ca or call 8-1-1 any time of day for health information and resources

Visit www.flattenthecurve.com for plain language information on reducing the impact of coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness at home and in your community (this resource uses US examples).

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