New NL Mental Health Project Leading Canada
A Brand-New Way Forward
Newfoundland and Labrador is setting the standard for work with mental health and addictions across Canada and around the world.
On September 10 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, together with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Memorial University, released the report Newfoundland and Labrador Stepped Care 2.0 E-Mental Health Demonstration Project. The 18-month project that aimed to provide clients with a rapid response to mental health needs while using e-mental health apps, online self-help services and behavioural prescriptions.
68 Per Cent Reduction in Wait Times
The report outlines the tremendous success the project has had thus far where it was shown that the project has been a contributing factor in the reduction of wait times in mental health and addictions counselling services in Newfoundland and Labrador by 68 per cent.
Statistics and lessons learned from this project will be shared with decision makers across the province, throughout Canada, and around the world. The approach taken in Stepped Care 2.0, with a focus on e-mental health and client-centred flexible care, have far-reaching outcomes that we can learn from.
The work of this project falls within in the scope of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador. This visionary commitment made by your Liberal Government shows our Government is committed to provide greater access to a range of evidence-based mental health services via technology.
Newfoundland & Labrador Leadership
Newfoundland and Labrador is leading the country with its work in mental health and addictions. Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador is making a real difference when it comes to accessing services and programs. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this initiative with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Memorial University, the province’s four regional health authorities and CHANNAL. We will continue our work in transforming the mental health and addictions system in this province with our partners. “Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services
My home province of Newfoundland and Labrador may be small, but with Stepped Care 2.0, we’ve shown home-grown innovation that has the potential to change how we deliver care across the country. I could not be prouder that we’ve got visiting mental health leaders from New Zealand in attendance this week, the country where I first learned about e-mental health. It’s clear we took those lessons to heart and, in showcasing our progress, have come full circle.Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
When someone says they are stressed, or they are not feeling happy, then society tends to say, ‘Okay, go see a psychologist.’ However, not everyone needs to see a therapist all the time. The Stepped Care 2.0 model brings in many other low intensity options for the client that are readily available in the community, but which we’re often not making use ofDr. Peter Cornish, Project Lead and Associate Professor with Memorial University
Mental Health Services are improving in Newfoundland & Labrador. We acknowledge there is more work to be done and we continue to strive for better outcomes that lead to a better way of life for all citizens of the province.