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Bounce Back Mental Health Program Now Available in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) has partnered with the provincial office of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to pilot a supported self-management program that addresses low to moderate mood, depression or anxiety. The program is open to residents upon referral by select health care providers across Interlake-Eastern RHA.

“CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg are excited to be working with Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority to bring this evidence-based program to the region,” says Marion Cooper, executive director.

Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health works directly with health care providers and their patients. Developed by CMHA British Columbia Division in 2008 under the leadership of CEO Bev Gutray, Bounce Back uses materials written by UK-based Dr. Chris Williams. The program includes a sixty-minute DVD called Living Life to the Full that teaches viewers how to recognize their moods and challenges, and offers some strategies to make change. A more in-depth component of the program, available to patients with a referral from their health care provider, pairs participants with a telephone-based coach whose role is to encourage them through a number of self-selected workbooks.

“The workbooks are easy to use and I’m there to help,” says Bounce Back coach, Sandra Tower-Pace. “The techniques participants learn are based on cognitive behavioral therapy. They are proven to work for overcoming depression and anxiety – and participants don’t have to leave their home to work on improving their mental health.”

Interlake-Eastern RHA was quick to explore Bounce Back in partnership with CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg because it addresses a component of health care that can be difficult to access rurally.

“We are very pleased to be the first rural RHA in Manitoba to offer Bounce Back to physicians and nurse practitioners for the residents in our region. Bounce Back addresses a gap in service for our patients and clients and it offers primary care providers a means of helping people address mental health concerns,” says Pat Olafson, regional director of primary health care, mental health and crisis services. “We’re excited by the positive experience British Columbia residents have had with this program.”

Interlake-Eastern RHA is piloting Bounce Back for two years to evaluate its effectiveness in addressing mental health care needs of rural residents.

For information on health care providers referring to Bounce Back, call 1-844-733-8181 or visit for more information on this program.
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