New resources for virtual health care during COVID-19
Have you tried to get a doctor’s appointment during COVID-19, even once the restrictions began to lift? Easier said than done, eh?
As concerns rise over the well-being of Canadians, leading mental health and substance use organizations are highlighting the value of virtual care during the pandemic. When it is difficult for caregivers and clients to meet in person, technology can enable them to meet virtually.
A new resource, Virtual Care for Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19 highlights the importance of seeking care and support early on, and provides information on how to access the many virtual care options available, to help people in Canada, including the new Wellness Together Canada portal.
“Recent polling conducted for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) by Nanos Research tells us that, while the mental health of people in Canada is worsening, access to online services remains low,” says Louise Bradley, MHCC president and CEO.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) – in partnership with the MHCC, the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Canadian Psychological Association – developed this resource to address concern that people in Canada may not be seeking or accessing help for mental health and substance use issues.