What is digital mental health?

Mental health services and information delivered or enhanced through the internet and related technologies.

—Mental Health Commission of Canada

The digital and artificial intelligence (AI) mental health certificate

Almost two million Canadians say their need for mental health services has only been met partially or not at all 1. To close this gap, mental health clinicians, administrators and policy-makers need effective options that complement traditional, face-to-face mental health supports.

An integral part of this initiative involves using technology to deliver mental health care.

The promise is not without risks. Canada needs to build capacity in digital mental health and AI, which includes high-quality training for the range of interdisciplinary health and social service professionals who deliver mental health services.

The digital and AI mental health certificate supports continuing professional development through a multimedia suite of topic-focused video, e-learning and resource collections. We are partnering with clinicians, researchers, patients and families to help health care professionals understand, access and use technology to deliver care to Canadians.

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Adapted from Doraiswamy, P.M., London, E. & Candeias, V. (2019). Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Adoption of Technologies. Geneva: World Economic Forum.

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Virtual mental health care leadership: Discussion series

This five-part leadership discussion series is for health care leaders and practitioners seeking to implement, scale and sustain virtual mental health care services in their organizations.

Each session provides a collaborative exchange of ideas among national and international thought leaders in virtual mental health care. Insights will inform our work as we develop an advocacy road map for virtual mental health care in 2021 and beyond.

Implementing virtual care in mental health settings: A series of video-based modules

In this series of ten brief modules, the Virtual Mental Health and Outreach team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shares the processes that helped them rapidly implement and evaluate care in this new virtual landscape.

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Good Tech, Compassionate Healthcare podcast series

A new podcast series from AMS Healthcare that explores the convergence of technology and compassion in healthcare today.

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Virtual care: The foundations

Two leading physicians discuss how virtual care is becoming integrated into the daily work of mental health care providers.

Evaluating and using mobile applications in mental health care: The foundations

Mobile apps can support diagnosis, psychoeducation and other mental health interventions. They may help clinicians and researchers to understand mental illness. But what makes a good app? There are risks as well as benefits to consider before you and your patients decide to use an app as part of a care plan.

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1. Sunderland, A., Findlay, L.C. (2013) Perceived need for mental health care in Canada: Results from the 2012 Community Health Survey-Mental Health. Health Reports. Statistics Canada. Catalogue no. 82-003-X.