The province has fired up an online therapy program to support mental health and ease anxiety of Manitoban's caused by COVID-19.
Premier Brian Pallister says the program is now up and running, "We recognize many Manitoban's are living with anxiety and stress posed by this pandemic. Our government is committed to helping Manitoban's navigate this challenging and unprecedented time. You are not alone, we will get through this together."
The AbilitiCBT program is a free and confidential virtual-therapy platform and has proven to be one of the most effective and efficient therapy methods available.
Pallister said as of Thursday (Apr 16) morning close to 600 individuals had registered for the program, with another 800 pre-registering.
The program is guided by professional therapists and addresses mild to moderate anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics:
- physical isolation,
- caring for family and community members,
- information overload, and
- stress management.
The program will help people:
- learn what anxiety is and how it affects their emotions, mind, body and behaviour;
- reduce anxiety by learning cognitive behavioral-therapy skills and using them to change responses to triggers; and
- develop coping strategies to track and reduce anxiety and better manage daily activities.
There is no referral required for the program and people can begin any time by completing the online assessment on the website.
The program can be accessed through the link below.