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Assessing the impact of online therapy as digital health tools proliferate

…Indeed, the generation now dominating the workforce has grown up with computers, video games, social media and smartphones, so moving towards digital solutions for mental-health issues makes sense, says Barb Veder, vice-president of clinical services and research lead at Morneau Shepell Ltd. “When they’re struggling, they intuitively turn to online sources for help. To match their learning and lifestyle preferences, we’re using CBT as the foundation for flexible, customizable and portable online programs. If you have a smartphone, you have immediate access to help.” But Veder also stresses that online cognitive behavioural therapy programs must have options so that when people are really struggling, they can follow up with a trained mental-health professional.

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