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Morneau Shepell to provide digital mental health support to Ontarians in light of COVID-19 pandemic

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Morneau Shepell to provide digital mental health support to Ontarians in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Therapist-guided digital program will support Ontarians experiencing anxiety, depression and anxiety symptoms specific to the pandemic

TORONTO, May 6, 2020 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell is partnering with the Government of Ontario to provide its internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) program to Ontarians aged 16 and over, as part of its investment in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morneau Shepell's AbilitiCBT™ program addresses anxiety, depression and anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics: uncertainty, isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress management. The program is guided by professional therapists who are trained to support and ask precise questions to guide people through the program's modules.

"During this time, people's mental health and wellbeing are strained due to the many necessary changes to our lives, high anxiety and an increased risk of isolation given physical distancing practices. It's more important now than ever to focus on mental health and overall wellbeing," said Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to partner with the Government of Ontario to offer mental health support to Ontarians, and encourage all those who need help to seek support."

AbilitiCBT™ will be offered as part of a suite of mental health supports, now available to Ontarians. With the requirements to self-isolate and practice physical distancing, programs such as AbilitiCBT™ will allow the Ontario government to provide support to people in a way that's meaningful and convenient.

Morneau Shepell is the leading provider of wellbeing, mental health and digital mental health services in Canada, with the largest network of therapists across the country experienced in dealing with the psychological impact of various traumatic events, such as SARS, natural disasters, acts of terrorism or aggression.

"The combination of online modules and ongoing guidance and support from a therapist is what drives the clinical efficacy of the program," said Nigel Branker, president, health and productivity solutions. "People complete the modules at their own pace, while the therapist monitors progress, and regularly checks in along the way. This structured approach can help create a sense of normalcy in these otherwise uncertain times and enable people to build skills they will need to adapt to the new normal."

About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the leading provider of technology-enabled HR services that deliver an integrated approach to employee wellbeing through our cloud-based platform. Our focus is providing world-class solutions to our clients to support the mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing of their people. By improving lives, we improve business. Our approach spans services in employee and family assistance, health and wellness, recognition, pension and benefits administration, retirement consulting, actuarial and investment services. Morneau Shepell employs approximately 6,000 employees who work with some 24,000 client organizations that use our services in 162 countries. Morneau Shepell is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit

SOURCE Morneau Shepell Inc.

For further information: Heather MacDonald, Morneau Shepell,, 855-622-3327