The Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo is starting a new free program to help people struggling mentally.
The BounceBack® program, which is being funded through a donation from Bell Let’s Talk, aims to help people 15 years and older manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, and worry.
Because of COVID-19, individuals will get help through telephone coaching.
“There is no denying that the mental health needs of our region are vast,” said Amanda Holloway, CMHA Wood Buffalo Executive Director.
“The economic downturn, recovery post-wildfire, global pandemic, and historic flood have all played a tremendous role in impacting the overall mental wellness of individuals within our community.”
According to the CMHA, the program has helped reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms by as much as 50 per cent.
Residents can either be referred by a primary care provider or register themselves as long as they’re connected with a provider.
“Now more than ever, we need a strong array of programs and services to support our region and to enhance individuals’ abilities to adapt to stressors in their lives,” added Holloway.
The program is available in English and French.