In June, Bell Let’s Talk announced a $1 million donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association to expand its existing BounceBack program from Ontario, BC and parts of Manitoba into the rest of Manitoba, Atlantic Canada, Québec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The expanded program launches on Nov. 18, 2020.
BounceBack is a provincial program developed by CMHA Ontario. BounceBack is a free skill-building program that helps people over 15 learn lifelong skills to help them better manage their symptoms of low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress, or worry.
There are two versions of the program available, the first is through a series of online videos, the other is more in depth and requires a medical referral. The information provided below highlights the video series, however if you wish to understand the referral program better, please feel free to visit the BounceBack Ontario website and review option #2.
You can also download the program brochure click here: Bounceback-Client-Factsheet for more information.
About the Course
If you’re experiencing low mood, depression, and anxiety, BounceBack can help. Through BounceBack, you will learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking, and become more active and assertive.
Watch the BounceBack Today online videos and learn practical tips on managing mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem solving, and healthy living.
If you would like to get a taste of the BounceBack program, watch this short introductory video.
Individuals 15 years +
Access the Videos Now
You can watch the videos on our website at any time at bouncebackvideo.ca
- Enter your email address
- Access code: bbtodayon
The videos are available in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Arabic, and Farsi.
For a full list of frequently asked questions and responses click here for details related to your specific province, otherwise here are 3 common questions asked by individuals.
1 – Is the national program exactly the same as the one that’s already offered in BC, Manitoba and Ontario?
The core of the BounceBack program is self-guided workbooks with telephone coaching and this is the same. Some other versions of the program offered in BC, MB and ON will not be offered in the expanded national offering, including the self-serve online version. Some participants will be offered the self-serve video version, depending on their needs and circumstances. The national program will be offered in English and French.
2 – Do I need a referral to participate?
You do not need to be referred to BounceBack. You can refer yourself provided you already have a health care provider. A health care provider can be a physician, nurse practitioner or psychiatrist. Be sure to include the contact information for your health care provider on the online referral form so that we can contact them on your behalf. Your coach will stay in touch with your care provider and loop them in whenever needed.
3 – Do I really need a family doctor to participate in BounceBack? What if I don’t have one?
It’s important that health care providers maintain responsibility for their clients’ overall well-being during their time in the program, as BounceBack coaches are not counsellors or therapists. They’re more like personal trainers for your mental health!