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Partnership with SilverCloud Offers Online Therapy for People Struggling with Mental Illness

Each day we are charged with the responsibility to be determined in our efforts to leverage innovation to provide exemplary care to our patients and families.

A new partnership between Ontario Shores and SilverCloud is certain to create greater opportunities for people struggling with mental illness by improving access to service for patients.

SilverCloud is an internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (eCBT) program that we will be able to offer as a treatment option for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.  Beginning on May 1, eCBT, with coaching support provided by our clinicians, will be available in all of our outpatient services providing mood and anxiety treatments, spanning adolescents through to geriatric services.  The coaches for SilverCloud are the same clinicians that support our individual and group-based psychotherapies.  SilverCloud will be accessible for patients through a referral from their Ontario Shores’ psychiatrist or NP. 

E-therapy has been shown to produce outcomes, in mild to moderate depression or anxiety or both, equivalent to those seen with traditional therapy, and was recently supported by a Health Quality Ontario Health Technology Assessment, recommending their implementation.Offering accessible in-house programs that optimize resources will improve patient outcomes in our community.

SilverCloud offers a flexible program to receive online therapy at the patient’s convenience. The program offers learning modules, material and homework for individuals to complete, which will reinforce the concepts they have learned, as well as learning new skills that will help improve their mental health. The patient has the ability to complete client assessment as they progress through the program in order to keep track and measure outcomes and improvements.

As a strategic priority for Ontario Shores, the addition of eCBT as a treatment option for our patients helps us with further progressing and implementing stepped care in our services, which is supported by the research as an effective treatment that achieves positive patient outcomes.