Bridge the gApp, a free online mental health resource, instantly connects people to self-help information, tools and local supports through a searchable service directory. The website had recently been redesigned and we encourage you to check it out at bridgethegapp.ca.
From the Bridge the gApp website:
This is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The best thing about it is its accessibility. From a computer, tablet or a phone in your pocket, you can instantly access content that can provide advice, inspiration, assurance, or direction for finding additional supports when you need it the most.
Bridge the gApp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories. Bridge the gApp also connects you to an eight-week online self-management program called the BreathingRoom.
Some of the practical features include: a “Mood Meter” which allows you to self-assess how you are currently feeling and provides tips from real people to help boost your mood or mental wellness, and a “Wall of Hope” where you can read and share inspiring stories and inspirational quotes.
For those who like having shortcuts on their mobile screen, users will be prompted to add an icon to their home screen which looks and functions just like a phone app.
The change to Bridge the gApp aligns with Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador. It builds on other innovative e-health technology already in place like Therapist Assistance Online (TAO) or Strongest Families. It is supported by the regional health authorities, people with lived experience, mental health partners and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.
In The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government committed to transform the way mental health and addictions services are delivered. The province continues to support this vision through the implementation of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, says “The services available through Bridge the gApp have not changed, but rather have been enhanced. Both youth and adults can still visit the website and access services tailored to their needs. The benefit of this website is that it can be accessed immediately from your web browser versus having to download an app from a store. I encourage anyone who needs assistance to take advantage of Bridge the gApp.”