February can be a stressful time of year on campus, with assignments and midterms piling up before and after reading week. This added pressure can amplify feelings of anxiety, depression and low mood. That’s why the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York and South Simcoe Branch is encouraging post-secondary students, faculty and staff to consider the Bounce Back program to boost and maintain mental health.
As a self-guided tool, Bounce Back offers some of the same benefits as seeing a trained professional, without having to pay for the service or wait for an appointment with a counsellor or therapist. The program is flexible enough to allow students to schedule mental health care between study sessions, offering an instructional video, easy-to-understand independent workbooks, and – importantly – one on one telephone coaching sessions with trained experts.
The program is available to people in parts of Toronto, York Region and southern Simcoe County. Participants must be 18 or older.
For more information on how to register for the program, visit the Bounce Back webpage.