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PM announces virtual care and mental health tools for Canadians
By Colleen Cross
“While we all do our part to fight COVID-19, it can be a challenge to deal with everything that’s happening around us and to get the help and services we need to feel well,” Trudeau said in statement. “It’s important that we take care of ourselves and our families during these challenging times, and that’s why we’ve introduced more virtual health resources and mental health tools to further support Canadians through this crisis.”
According to the statement, the investment will be used to create digital platforms and applications, improve access to virtual mental health supports, and expand capacity to deliver health care virtually, including projects to reach vulnerable Canadians.
The investment will:
- help Canadians communicate with their regular health providers and specialist health services through telephone, text, or video-conferencing
- support access to mental health supports and reliable health information in a safe and secure manner
- help governments, public health officials, hospitals and health-care facilities make evidence-based decisions
- support federal, provincial, and territorial initiatives in collaboration with innovators, health stakeholders and organizations to expand virtual health service
For more information on mental health issues and tools, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association.