What is the issue?
E-mental health delivers timely, effective mental health services by using the internet and other related technologies. Shown to be as effective as face-to-face treatment, e-mental health can provide the right care solutions when and where people need it.
E-mental health offers
- rapid access and shorter wait times
- improved accessibility in rural and remote areas and inner cities
- availability in many languages
- cost-effective delivery
- services tailored to specific habits, profiles, and preferences.
What are we doing?
Our plan to advance e-mental health includes
- identifying and sharing best practices
- engaging in strategic partnerships
- advancing research
- addressing knowledge gaps
- investing in proven innovations.
As part of our commitment to e-mental health, we offer a growing range of evidence-informed resources.
Artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine has been characterized as a major disruptor with the potential to change the way health care is delivered. Interest in AI in Canada began early and is continuing, with a number of advanced AI research and development labs now established.
- Environmental Scan
This report is based on information from a limited literature search and targeted stakeholder consultations. Stakeholder interviews — which included individuals involved in AI and mental health via research, industry, clinical practice, and lived experience — sought to supplement information from the literature and provide perspectives for decision-makers.
- Literature Review
A limited literature search for “artificial intelligence” and “mental health” was conducted (English documents published between January 1, 2014 and September 5, 2019). Studies that met the inclusion criteria were evaluated for strengths and limitations in their design and execution.
- Results From a Literature Review and Environmental Scan
For mental health care, Artificial intelligence (AI) applications are being developed for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems or illnesses. With the high demand for mental health services in Canada, these technologies could have an important role in providing mental health care. Uncertainty remains, however, about their effectiveness and appropriate use. To address this uncertainty and understand the current landscape of AI use for mental health, the MHCC requested a CADTH evidence review and environmental scan.
- Toolkit for E-Mental Health Implementation
Practical resources to help mental health providers and other people working in the field implement e-mental health innovations such as telehealth, apps, messaging services, and any internet-based technology.
Learn more from our E-Mental Health Case Scenarios and FAQ.
E-Mental Health E-Modules
To help expand the use of e-mental health services, the Mental Health Commission of Canada developed four online learning modules based on our Toolkit for E-Mental Health Implementation, in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). These interactive modules give providers, managers, and leaders knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate e-mental health services into daily practice and support the implementation of effective, person-centred e-mental health projects.
Mental Health, Technology and You
Visual examples for people seeking care on how to use technology to access services and supports, co-created by people with lived experience of mental health problems or illnesses.
Stepped Care 2.0© uses a recovery-oriented approach to provide flexible access to a range of wellness and mental health resources like e-mental health apps and online and in-person services. It’s a person-centered, evidence-informed system that structures care according to the least intensive and most effective options, giving service users the greatest likelihood of improvement. Learn more on our Stepped Care 2.0 page.
E-Mental Health in Canada: Transforming the Mental Health System Using Technology
A briefing document about the opportunities and challenges of investing technology to transform the mental health care system from experts across Canada.
- Re-Aiming E-Mental Health: A Rapid Review of Current Research
A literature review identifying the current knowledge gaps and opportunities revealed by the latest research.
- Advancing the Evolution: Insights into the State of E-Mental Health Services in Canada
An environmental scan of e-mental health initiatives that highlights the challenges of implementation and how to build on existing strengths.
Roundtable and conference summary reports
- Advancing Best Practices in E-Mental Health in Canada
- Addressing the Access Gap: Leveraging the Potential of E-Mental Health in Canada
- Leveraging Technology to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in Canada
- 9th Annual E-Mental Health Conference: Caring in a Digital World – Summary Report
- E-Mental Health Conference 2021 – Summary Report
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created a number of resources to address the current and future applications of e-mental health in order to reach more Canadians in need of help. Click on the links below for more information.