A New Resource for Digital Mental Health

By Gillian Strudwick

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) collaborated with Canada Health Infoway to develop a resource to support mental health clinicians and clients in introducing digital mental health tools into their care practice. This resource provides clinicians with tools that can support the integration of digital mental health into interactions between clients and clinicians.

The tools included within the resource were compiled through a review of the academic and grey literature, as well as consultations with key stakeholders across Canada, including clinicians, clients and digital mental health experts and researchers. Furthermore, the resource contains a wide range of objectives, formats and targeted audiences. Not only can these tools help support the increased use of digital mental health, they can also serve to assist clients and caregivers in self-managing their care. 

The resource is now available as a user-friendly, searchable, web-based resource. Clinicians, clients and caregivers can search through the collection of tools, sorting by tool type (e.g., app selection tools, app rating tools, implementation tools, communication tools, etc.), audience type (e.g., clients/caregivers, providers, leaders/administrators), format (e.g., PDF or website), available languages (English or French), whether the tool can be used with clients or the tool’s country of origin. The newly added sort, filter and key word search features allows users to easily search the collection and identify tools specific to their needs. Additional information about each tool is provided, including ways to access it.

The collection can help clinicians integrate digital tools into their clinical practice; this is especially useful given the increase in the use of virtual care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, more clinicians and clients have adopted digital mental health technologies to facilitate care. Despite the rapid adoption of digital mental health technologies, many clinicians can benefit from more support to identify digital tools that can help support their clients’ care, in addition to ways in which they can meaningfully implement or integrate these tools into their care practices and workflows.

This resource serves to support clinicians, clients and caregivers who want to further explore digital mental health services, but may not be sure how to select, use or integrate the right tools and services into their care. Visit the resource to learn more.

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About the author
Gillian Strudwick

Gillian Strudwick

Gillian Strudwick RN, PhD, FAMIA is the Chief Nursing Executive (interim) and Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor in the informatics, digital health and mental health space at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.