Minister Hajdu Launches Portal To Help Fight Mental Health To Further Help Those Suffering From The Illness
The Canadian government has been extremely supportive in the fight against mental illness, more so than any other administration in recent times. With the COVID-19 global pandemic, the health challenges and personal well being of a person suffering from mental illness will pose significant challenges if their adequate resources are not in place.
“Mental wellness is difficult to maintain with the disruptions happening now. It’s not easy to maintain a routine. People in every community are struggling and need our help. That’s why we are acting today to make it easier for Canadians to identify, understand and address issues they are facing, with multiple tools and resources available on one platform.” The Honourable Patty Hajdu Minister of Health
During these difficult times, it is critical that Canadians be able to obtain credible information and access services to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Today The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, launched a new portal dedicated to mental wellness on Canada.ca/coronavirus and the Canada COVID-19 app. Wellness Together Canada will connect Canadians to peer, support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, and will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues.
COVID-19 results in varying degrees of stress for many Canadians who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. The entire suite of tools on Wellness Together Canada will offer Canadians different levels of support depending on their need, ranging from information and self-assessment tools to the opportunity to chat with peer support workers and other professionals
The portal is the result of the work of a broad consortium of organizations with experience in providing digital mental health and substance use support, including Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone, Homewood Health, Greenspace Health, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
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