The Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick and
the Province of New Brunswick Department of Health introduces
BounceBack® to New Brunswick
Fredericton, January 19, 2021 – The Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick (CMHA of NB) and the Department of Health today announced the introduction of CMHA of NB’s BounceBack® program to New Brunswick.
BounceBack, a life skills program, is designed to help New Brunswickers improve their mental well-being through self-guided online delivery and coaching.
“We have been moving through the Covid-19 pandemic since March, and we are now in our winter season, which may be difficult for many people, but CMHA of NB wants people to know they are not alone. CMHA of NB is launching our newest program, BounceBack®, to help people struggling with stress, anxiety, and low mood, the program teaches New Brunswickers how to get through tough times and improve their ability to cope. The mental health concerns will not disappear with the Covid-19 vaccine, New Brunswickers are encouraged to reach out for the support they need”, said Christa Baldwin, Executive Director, CMHA of NB.
BounceBack® is a free, guided self-help program effective in helping adults 19+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and a selection of skill-building workbooks to choose from, participants can customize their own program, learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being now and in the future.
“We know many people in our province are dealing with mental health issues along with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “Having the BounceBack® program available will help so many New Brunswickers with mild to moderate mental health concerns. We want people to know there is help available.”
Available in English and French to residents of New Brunswick, the program is free to all participants and will be delivered by coaches who are extensively trained. Participants can be referred by a primary care provider (doctor or nurse practitioner, or psychiatrist) or choose to self-refer as long as they are connected with a primary care provider.
BounceBack® gives New Brunswickers more choice in accessing support from home to help navigate this difficult time and improve coping mechanisms.
Based on cognitive behavioural therapy, BounceBack® has been shown to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms by 50 per cent at program completion.
The partnership with the Province of New Brunswick Department of Health has enabled CMHA of NB to bring the national BounceBack® program here to New Brunswickers.
The provincial government is investing $538,000 towards this program.
For New Brunswickers to learn about BounceBack® and discover if it is right for them, or are interested in registering for the program, please visit cmhanb.ca/BounceBack. email BounceBackNB@cmhanb.ca or call 506 455-5231.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick
Founded in 1950, as the province-wide leader and champion for mental health, the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in New Brunswick. Through a presence in communities across the province, CMHA of NB facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness. For more information visit www.cmhanb.ca
CMHA of NB
Director of Communications