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Mental Health

The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease". Mental Health refers to a broad array of activities directly or indirectly related to a person's well-being and it includes promoting well-being, preventing mental disorders and treating and rehabilitation people affected by mental disorders.

Interlake-Eastern RHA practitioners are now offering Bounce Back, a skill-building program to help adults experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depressions (with or without anxiety).

I’ve heard about Bounce Back. What exactly is it?
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a skill building program designed to help adults experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression (with or without anxiety). Bounce Back offers two forms of help. The first is a DVD, called Living Life to the Full, which provides practical tips on managing mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem solving, and healthy living. The second is a guided self-help program in which a community “coach” provides telephone assistance with a variety of self selected workbooks in a structured way to improve your emotional well-being. This part of the program usually involves three to five telephone sessions with a Bounce Back  coach, which you can do from the comfort of your home.

How can I get access to the Bounce Back program?
Your primary health care provider will suggest Bounce BackTM to you if he or she feels you would benefit from the program. Primary health care providers include family doctors, nurse practitioners, and others working in family practice settings. Family practice offices will have copies of the DVD to give to patients during a regular visit. However, to access the self-selected workbooks with telephone coaching, you will need a referral from your primary health care provider. This referral is important to make sure that the health care professionals who know you best can match your needs with the right approach.

Does Bounce Back work?​
Bounce Back​ is based on research evidence which shows that simple skills and techniques are effective in helping people to overcome low mood and worry. On the basis of success rates in BC, where the program was developed, we are confident Bounce BackTM can give you the tools to help you help yourself feel better.

For more information or to watch a preview of the DVD go to

Please click on the links below for details on our mental health services:


Interlake-Eastern RHA's mental health programs align with the Provincial strategy outlined in Rising to the Challenge. This document outlines six key pillars:
  • MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION – Creating flourishing environments 
  • RECOVERY – Having hope, finding meaning, and feeling empowered
  • INCLUSION – Actively participating in community life
  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITY – Everyone has a role to play
  • LEADING AND PROMISING PRACTICES – Evidence and innovation
  • CULTURAL SAFETY – Reducing power imbalances

Towards a Recovery Oriented Mental Health System

A key pillar of the plan, recovery, involves creating a recovery-oriented mental health system, one which supports and emphasizes self-determination and self-management by those experiencing mental health problems and illness.

In 2014, the Provincial Recovery Champions Committee
was formed to:
• provide assistance and advisement to Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors in the implementation of recovery recommendations stemming from the strategic plan
• champion recovery and recovery-oriented services throughout all regions of the province
• influence system transformation

In June 2015, Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, in partnership with the Provincial Recovery Champions Committee hosted Provincial Recovery Working Days to help inform the development of key success and outcome indicators for Manitoba’s mental health system. Approximately 120 key stakeholders attended the working days including representatives from the regional health authorities, mental health agencies, government departments, persons with lived experience, family and natural supports and other interested partners from across the province.

The Provincial Recovery Champions Committee's report Hope Changes Everything: A Guide to Recovery-Oriented System Transformation in Manitoba is intended to provide guidance for change at a systems level. It complements these National Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


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