Why Online Therapy & Industry Stats
1 in 5
Canadians Experience some Type of Mental Illness
$ 1 B
Mental Health Economic Burden in Canada
$ 1 B
Total Cost of Unmet Canadian Psychotherapy Needs
Wait Times too Long - Unavailable Psychologists - Cost Factor
Examples of the Need & Opportunity
“Demand for mental health care at universities across Canada is growing" according to a recent investigation by the Toronto Star and Ryerson School of Journalism. But some students say the university's services aren't enough. Despite that, the report revealed that many Canadian universities have significantly increased mental health funding, although some are struggling to meet growing demand.
Lost productivity accounts for about one-third of the annual $51 billion cost of mental illness in Canada (Dewa, C.S., Thompson, A.H. & Jacobs P., 2011). In a global knowledge-based economy, employers can't let an unhealthy workplace reduce an employee's potential to contribute their energy and ideas (Lowe. G, The Wellness Dividend, 2014).
Why Online Therapy
Online Therapy Effectiveness
Research studies, many listed in bibliography format by the Telemental Health Institute, indicate that telemental health is equivalent to face-to-face care and an acceptable alternative.
A study published reviewed studies of online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) between 2000 and 2012 with participants’ therapy ranging from 8 weeks to 2 years. Online CBT effectively reduced symptoms of mental health and other issues and in some cases, was more effective than in-person therapy.
A study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland & the University of Leipzig in Germany, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that internet-based psychotherapy could be just as beneficial as therapy of the traditional lying-on-the-couch variety.
Researchers in South Carolina found that veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), responded just as well to therapy over video conference to treatment received in-office.