The future of mental health care? Apps promise to treat anxiety and prevent suicide

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  • Jose Hamilton says:

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  • Jennifer Hensel says:

    While the potential for virtual care in mental health is enormous, one of the biggest current challenges is that patients and providers have little guidance around which apps to actually use and recommend. That is one of the top issues right now in virtual care, particularly given that things change so quickly with so many new products coming on the market. We are leading work in the evaluation of virtual care at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). We are developing evaluation metrics for apps like the Big White Wall to see how effective they are and how they fit within the health care system (our focus being Ontario). WIHV is also looking at what the barriers or opportunities are for adoption of apps and e-therapies in our healthcare system. The goal is to inform patients, providers and decision makers about which tools are the most useful or can be ‘prescribed.’ We’re going to be posting more updates this year, so if you want to hear more follow us at @wchwihv.

  • Janet Money says:

    With great respect, the developer of the app isn’t in a position to cite compliance with legislation, whether the American HIPAA (not HIPPA) or Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). I’m not sure what PIPPA is. It’s great that the data is encrypted and the app resides on secure servers. Those are crucial, but not all of the elements of privacy compliance.

    • Wendy Glauser says:

      Thank you for pointing out the acronym errors. We have corrected the article and regret the error.


Wendy Glauser


Wendy is a freelance health and science journalist and a former staff reporter with Healthy Debate.

Joshua Tepper


Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of North York General Hospital. He is also a member of the Healthy Debate editorial board.

Michael Nolan


Michael Nolan has served Canadians through many facets of Paramedic Services.  He is currently the Director and Chief of the Paramedic Service for the County of Renfrew and strategic advisor to Healthy Debate

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