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Overview of New Online Services for Mental Health and Addictions
Are you looking for a mental health resource to promote to junior high and high school students, as well as to colleagues, family and friends? Bridge the gAPP is a new way to connect with information and support for mental wellness in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Bridge the gAPP is an innovative online mental health resource available from a computer, tablet or phone, which instantly connects people to self-help information and local supports through a searchable service directory. Bridge the gAPP was developed as a health promotion tool to support mental wellness, but it also acts as an early intervention for anyone currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use problem. Bridge the gAPP services are available to both youth (13-18) and adults (18+) through two separate age-appropriate app platforms and are available via websites. Individuals can download through Google Play or the Apple Store or visit the Bridge the gAPP portal page, where all services can be accessed www.bridgethegapp.ca.
The Breathing Room is an eight-module, online self-management program which assists people between the ages of 13 and 24 manage stress, depression and anxiety. Developed by the Canadian Institute for Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), the Breathing Room is a clinically proven, award-winning program endorsed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the first early adopters of this program, which is now available through the youth and adult Bridge the gAPP websites and apps or by clicking on this link http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/. The program can be used alone or supported by a coach, counsellor or teacher who checks in weekly on the youth’s progress.
The Strongest Families Program provides care to families by teaching skills through a distance coaching approach over the phone and online. The award-winning program supports children and youth (ages 3-17) with behavioural difficulties, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bullying behaviours, and other disruptive behaviours that can cause stress at school and at home with family. Clinically proven to improve parental mood and stress, increase school participation and overcome bullying by increasing pro-social behaviours, Strongest Families offers support and coaching to both children and their parents/guardians. Anyone interested in accessing this program can be referred by teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, public health nurses or staff working in mental health and addiction or child youth and family services.