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According to Alberta Health Services, the $1 million for Big White Wall is going toward the subscription as well as marketing and project management. The goal is to reach 35,000 Albertans over the next year, spokesperson Kerry Williamson said.
The $2 million for Innowell is part of a larger, $4.8 million research trial funded by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Alberta Innovates and the Government of Alberta to try and get more people to use online mental health tools.
“The Innowell platform will enable AHS, primary care and other community partners to integrate a number of e-mental health tools and apps into care. This includes mood, sleep and exercise trackers, internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy, and brief intervention for substance use, to name a few,” Williamson said in a statement.
Access to mental health supports is also one of the subjects the Health Quality of Council of Alberta wants to know about as it launches a new survey to gauge Albertans’ experiences with the health system during COVID-19.
The online, confidential survey, which takes about 15 minutes, also asks Albertans for their perceptions on health system access, public health measures, family physician care, and whether people feel protected from COVID-19. The results will be shared with provincial leaders as well as the general public.