Ontario launches free therapy for people with anxiety and depression

The program will serve up to 80,000 patients annually

The Ontario government has announced a mental health program that will offer free therapy for people with anxiety and depression.

Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliot says the program is based on a new mental health strategy called “Mindability.” It will focus on offering cognitive behavioural therapy for people dealing with depression and anxiety.

People will be able to access the therapy by signing up online, over the phone or via text message. Patients will then be provided one-on-one counselling, group work, or workbooks and online modules, all for free.

The program will cost approximately $20 million and is set to launch this spring.

Currently, the average wait time for youth seeking free mental health treatment is up to 2.5 years, according to Children’s Mental Health Ontario.