Transforming the Mental Health System Using Technology
Technology is often used in healthcare to control, detect, screen, or treat an illness. E-Mental health uses the Internet and related technologies, like phone apps, to let patients receive care when and where they need it most, regardless of how close they live to their care provider.
People in Canada often find it difficult to get mental health services. E-Mental health makes sense, with nearly 80 percent of Canada’s population having online access. Yet, e-Mental health is not widely used in Canada.
The advantages of e-Mental health, include:
Does e-Mental health work?
With certain types of illnesses, e-Mental health treatments are just as effective as face-to-face treatment. E-Mental allows helps people living with mental health problem or illness feel more knowlegeable and better express their needs.
E-Mental health services, which are often self-guided or partly self-guided, have been shown to work for a number of psychiatric conditions, including:
Creating a plan to advance e-Mental health
In consultation with leading researchers and key stakeholders, the MHCC is creating a clear plan to advance e-Mental health. We are:
Investing in e-Mental health
The Mental Health Strategy for Canada recommends that we support the development of innovative e-Mental health programs and learn how to better integrate e-Mental health within the system.
The MHCC has a steering committee of experts and thought leaders across the country that direct, guide, and advise on e-Mental health in Canada. With the Committee’s support, the MHCC published E-Mental Health in Canada: Transforming the Mental Health System Using Technology.
For more information:
Manager, E-Mental Health
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created a number of resources to address the current and future applications of e-Mental health in order to reach more Canadians in need of help. Click on the links below for more information.