Making Informed Choices with Mental Health Apps

Canadians are stressed. Individuals want to manage their own mental health and healthcare providers are looking for app developers to improve their products. It's a fact; people in Canada people are using mental health apps everyday and these apps should work like expected and more importantly, they need to be safe for Canadians to use.

created an assessment framework for these apps to make it easier for people to find the right apps for their specific needs — uniquely designed with the Canadian context in mind.

Many apps have proven mental health benefits and make mental health services more accessible by knocking down the barriers of cost, geography and stigma that keep people from getting support but some apps are potentially unsafe or have serious privacy/security flaws.

The proposed framework has been finalized. These guiding principles and assessment criteria will help people across Canada make more informed app decisions.

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