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The Case to Switch to Digital Mental Health Solutions
Mental Health
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In recent years, mental health issues have been raising increasing awareness across Canada. Mental health illness will affect people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.

According to the survey results from the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association), 1 in 5 people in Canada will encounter mental health issues in any given year. And around 8% of adults will experience major depression during their careers. More commonly speaking, it is predicted that about 50% of the Canadian population will have been bothered by mental health problem by the age of 40.

Unquestionably, mental health has become a huge deal for our society.

Besides the rising relevance of mental health, we have also noticed that the rising economic costs of mental health should a significant impact on Canadians. Cost is the number one barrier to using mental health services. In 1998, the economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at $7.9 billion. Today, this estimated economic burden amount has grown to be around $51 billion per year, more than 6 times than it was back then. Furthermore, the magnitude of mental health costs could be easily extended to include various costs in the workplace. It’s reported that more than 500,000 Canadian employees are unable to work due to mental health problems, and the cost of disability leave for mental illness is about double the cost of a leave due to physical illness.

What is even worse is that the current budget for mental health is significantly before the demanded amount. In 2019, a $1.9 billion commitment is reported by the Ontario provincial government to tackle the mental health and addictions care. Considering the fact that Ontario is serving 40% of Canada’s total population and the estimated costs of mental health are nearly $29 billion, it is evident that the current government input is insufficient to meet the required capital for mental health problem by itself.

High Cost of Mental Health Stops the Patients from Seeking Help

Knowing this discrepancy and the mismatch between the supply and demand conditions within Canada’s mental health system, we would like to introduce a more efficient and effective solution for clinics and bigger institutions: OPTT — a modern online platform that is equipped with smart tools for mental health providers to deliver CBT online in ¼ of time anywhere.

Compared to a traditional 1-hr mental health therapy session, OPTT can deliver better quality service but in just 20 min. OPTT’s eCBT modules for depression and anxiety have been validated through 5 clinical trials with more ongoing studies, and it is promised to achieve better patient outcomes, reduce cost saving, and increase clinical efficiency by 4 times.

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