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 mental health certificate

1.6 million Canadians say that their need for mental health services has either been met partially or not at all. 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 artificial intelligence, which includes high-quality training for the range of interdisciplinary health and social service professionals who deliver mental health services.

The digital 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.

Select the  icon in the graphic below to view the components of digital mental health.

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Adapted from Doraiswamy, PM, London, E, Candeias, V (2019). Empowering 8 billion minds: Enabling better mental health for all via the adoption of technologies. Geneva: World Economic Forum

We are still developing the digital mental health certificate program. We have released the first two modules (in the Basics component below) to support professionals delivering mental health care remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The foundations

This series introduces the components of digital mental health.

I. Telemental health

II. Using mobile applications in mental health care

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Competency map

In development.

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Digital library

Find information on the latest issues affecting digital mental health here.

We encourage you create an account and enrol in each module as it becomes available. This ensures you will be among the first to provide valuable feedback that will guide course development.

Technical support

For technical support and/or accessibility inquiries please contact courses.help@camh.ca

Note on accessibility: We are currently working on specific accommodations for participants with physical and/or learning challenges. If you require these, we would like to hear from you.

Browser support

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We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. Internet Explorer is not supported.