One in three Canadians will experience a substance use or mental health disorder in their lifetime.1
1/3 Canadians do not feel their mental health needs are being met.2
There is a widespread need for mental health support resulting from COVID-19.3
Health system navigation is a significant barrier to care.4
There is an urgent need for interventions to protect healthcare workers from the psychological impact of traumatic events related to the pandemic.5
Health care workers have an increased risk of disease during pandemics. They also have an increased risk of anxiety, burn-out, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. No one goes through these issues alone - and protecting and caring for your family is our top priority. Our first prototype is dedicated to supporting these healthcare workers and their families, with the goal of expanding services Canada-wide.6
Technology uptake is high, with 91% of Canadians actively using the internet, including on their phones. MIRA connects with people where they already are, whenever they need it.7
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2) A. Sunderland and L. Findlay, "Perceived need for mental health care in Canada: Results from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health," Statistics Canada Catalogue, pp. no.82-003-X, 2013.
3) Moreno, C., Wykes, T., Galderisi, S., Nordentoft, M., Crossley, N., Jones, N. et al. How mental health care should change as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Psychiatry (2020) 7(9): P813-824.
4) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "Understanding the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being," National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, 2014; C. Simpson and J. Tucker, "Temporal sequencing of alcohol-related problems, problem recognition, and help-seeking episodes," Addictive Behaviors , vol. 27, p. 659–674, 2002; W. Narrow, D. Regier, D. Rae, et. al., "Use of services by persons with mental and addictive disorders. Findings from the National Institute of Mental Health Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program," Archives of General Psychiatry, vol. 50, p. 95–107, 1993; T. Wild, A. Roberts and E. Cooper, "Compulsory substance abuse treatment: An overview of recent findings and issues," European Addiction Research, vol. 8, p. 84–93, 2002; Mood Disorders Society of Canada, 2015 Pan-Canadian Survey Raises Warning Signs on Mental Health Services, 2015, Available here: https://mdsc.ca/research/2015-mental-health-care-system-survey-results/.
5) Sahebi A, Nejati-Zarnaqi B, Moayedi S, Yousefi K, Torres M and Golitaleb M, "The prevalence of anxiety and depression among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: An umbrella review of meta-analyses," Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, vol. 107, p. 110247, 2021. PMID: 33476692 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Anxiety, feelings of depression and loneliness among Canadians spikes to highest levels since Spring 2020, CAMH, 2022. [Online]. https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/anxiety-depression-loneliness-among-canadians-spikes-to-highest-levels. [Accessed 10 February, 2022]. CBC News, "Months of abuse, exhaustion have burnt-out nurses leaving their jobs," CBC News, 13 September 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1945590851847. [Accessed 15 September 2021].
6) Cabarkapa S, Nadjidai SE, Murgier J, Ng CH, The psychological impact of COVID-19 and other viral epidemics on frontline healthcare workers and ways to address it: A rapid systematic review, Brain, Behaviour, & Immunity - Health, 8 (2020) 100144.
7) Statistics Canada, "Canadian Internet Use Survey," Statistics Canada, 29 10 2019. [Online]. Available: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily- quotidien/191029/dq191029a-eng.htm. [Accessed 27 03 2020]. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, "Communications Monitoring Report 2016: Canada’s Communication System: An Overview for Canadians," CRTC, Ottawa, 2016.