Published in the Ottawa Citizen on February 25, 2021, by
The AccessMHA initiative brings together numerous organizations and partners to streamline the process for those seeking help through a website. It has been reported that 14% of Canadians reported symptoms of depression during the pandemic, a sevenfold increase over March 2020. The AccessMHA initiatives hopes to make it easier to seek help.
“It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help,” says Dr. Kim Corace, vice-president of innovation and transformation at The Royal. “We need to make sure that when people are reaching out, that they know where to go and that they’re confident there is help out there. We can help get them connected to that and give them hope.”