Coming Together to Prioritize Mental Health for Young Adults in Nova Scotia
July 04 2021
Three Major Canadian Entities Supporting Young Adults with Togetherall
RBC Future Launch, with added support from Nova Scotia Health and the QEII Foundation, have collaborated to integrate Togetherall into their suite of e-mental health tools to address the growing mental health needs of Canadian young adults ages 16-29 in Nova Scotia.
One in five Canadian youth struggles with mental health, and these entities have made it a priority to help them face these challenges through their commitment to providing accessible support.
“We recognize the importance of mental well-being on a young person’s ability to achieve success, and their success directly impacts the strength of our workplaces, schools and communities.
“Through our partnership with Togetherall, we’re proud to provide mental health supports and services for Nova Scotian youth, helping to address barriers including the low recognition of early signs and symptoms of mental health struggles, a lack of peer support networks, and a disconnected system of care.”
–Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC
Safe, Inclusive, and Anonymous in a Digital World
Togetherall provides an anonymous online peer-to-peer support community that’s available to members 24/7, with licensed clinicians monitoring the platform around the clock to ensure their safety.
“Youth access their world online, which is why [this partnership] marks another incredible milestone for the delivery of technology-based solutions within Nova Scotia. The QEII Foundation is proud to partner with Nova Scotia Health, RBC Future Launch and Togetherall on this new initiative, which will support the mental health of Nova Scotia’s youth when and where they need it most,” said Susan Mullin, president and CEO of the QEII Foundation.
With campuses and work moving back to in-person activities, there will be unpredictable additional stressors on young adults. In fact, almost 70% of current Togetherall members indicate they joined the platform to help with feelings of anxiety, depression, and low mood.
The goal of Togetherall’s platform is to provide an outlet for these common mental health concerns, to help address them, and effectively work toward resiliency and coping solutions – together.
“We know that youth and young adults face particular challenges, and value having peer support and online community options to help them face those challenges together. Having a safe, supportive, and confidential place to express themselves, work on things at their own pace and learn new strategies will help young Nova Scotians on their mental wellness journeys. Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions program is excited to bring this new online community to our suite of e-Mental Health services,” said Samantha Hodder, senior director, Nova Scotia Health Mental Health and Addictions Program
Our Impact: The Power of Community
Since launch, Nova Scotians using the platform have seen positive results. In recent Togetherall survey data, 91% of respondents experienced an improvement in their well-being as a result of being a Togetherall member, 73% feel less isolated/alone, 55% feel better able to cope with day-to-day problems and 73% feel that they are part of a community that supports them.
Support for all: diversity of registrants in numbers
Nova Scotia members represent diverse populations, because Togetherall provides a safe, judgment-free community where members feel like they belong, no matter what their background is. In fact, 16% identify as BIPOC (compared to 12% according to the 2016 census) and 7.3% identify as gender-neutral, gender fluid, non-binary, or transgender.
*data based on reports from April 2021 – January 2022
Founded in 2007, Togetherall is a leading clinically supervised peer-to-peer online mental health service—providing more than 2 million people across 250+ colleges, universities, and companies in the U.S, Canada, U.K. and New Zealand—access to year-round community and professional support 24/7.
The robust platform serves a diverse population of individuals with common issues like stress, isolation, and anxiety, resulting in increased retention rates and positive member experiences.
46% of its registered users identify as BIPOC, and 5% identify as trans or nonbinary. Togetherall partners with corporate, health, and non-profit institutions to provide cost effective solutions to mental health support.
To learn more about how Togetherall integrates with and supplements your existing counseling models, contact us.