From November 29-December 5, CMHA Toronto joins organizations across the country in recognizing Digital Health Week, which acknowledges how digital health is transforming the delivery of care across Canada.
As the COVID-19 pandemic challenged traditional care models, service providers in mental health and addictions in Ontario had to adapt to these new and ever-changing circumstances to ensure that they could still deliver quality care to those who need support. As a result, CMHA branches across the province developed innovative practices and processes to overcome technological barriers and get Ontarians the care they need.
Keeping our community connected during the pandemic was critical to decreasing the risk of social isolation. Our social support programs offer unique, safe spaces to bring together people with lived experiences of mental health issues to connect to a community of peers. As we were unable to provide in-person group programming, we launched all of our recovery-focused programs and social activities virtually to keep our clients and community connected. Individuals facing mental health and coping challenges were able to engage in dance classes, cooking classes, gardening, games, arts and crafts, yoga, and mindfulness and self-care workshops.
Various CMHA branches across the country operate online courses through Recovery Colleges, which provide a variety of mental health courses free of charge. Recovery Colleges are designed to be supportive learning environments, where everyone is welcome regardless of their mental health goals. Learn more and find a college near you on the CMHA National website.
For more on Digital Health Week, visit the event website.