The Manitoba government announced that the AbilitiCBT virtual therapy program is now available to Manitobans. The program is accessible from home and provides mental health support to those struggling with mild to moderate anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new program is free and confidential, available in English and French, and can be offered to clients aged 16 or older.
AbilitiCBT is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) guided by a therapist through a digital platform, accessible with a smartphone or a tablet. The program addresses anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics.
The program starts by assessing needs through an online questionnaire and a consultation with a professional therapist — either by phone or video. Users then download the AbilitiCBT app and complete 10 modules at their own pace, while the therapist monitors progress, and regularly checks in along the way to make sure users are getting the help they need.
AbilitiCBT is offered as a complement to the existing phone-in supports provided by a number of mental health organizations funded by the Manitoba government.
To access the AbilitiCBT virtual therapy program, please sign up here.
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