Bridge the gApp, a website that offers information about mental health services for adults and youth, is now available to New Brunswickers as of December 21, 2020.
What the website offers
Bridge the gApp is a website that focuses on providing information and guidance about mental health and addictions.
It offers a services directory, links to online programs, self-help resources, and a space for people to share their own experiences.
There are two different versions, one for adults and one for young people. Although both versions show almost the same resources, they have the respective information for the targeted ages.
The first phase of the website was made possible due to a partnership between the Department of Health, both regional health authorities, Canada Health Infoway, and the Government of Newfoundland. The program originated in 2015 in Newfoundland and Labrador, but has been recognized as a trusted resource worldwide.
Mental health information, services, and programs
The addiction and mental health programs and services are delivered and managed by the Regional Health Authorities and the specific community-based addiction and mental health programs and services that are funded by the Department of Health.
“Bridge the gApp” also has a “knowledge centre”, providing definitions and more information about topics such as trauma, anxiety, relationships, and more.
The website also offers different online programs like CAMH online courses, Social Supports NB, 211, and others.
Diverse organizations have the opportunity to be part of the service directory on the website. More information about that and the form are available here.
Bridge the gApp also has interactive features such as sections to share and save videos, experiences, tips, and encouragement notes.
The announcement on December 21 represents only the first of three planned phases for the website.
Per the government’s announcement, future phases will include Indigenous-specific addiction and mental health services, and “other community-based, non-government funded addiction and mental health programs and services”.
No information was provided on when the next phases would be rolled out.