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Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health

Creating community based self-help strategies to improve the mental health of British Columbians.

Bounce Back is an evidence-based program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.

Bounce Back offers two forms of help. The first is a DVD video (available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese) providing practical tips on how to recognize and deal with depressive symptoms. You can watch a 6-minute preview of the English version below:

The second service is workbook-based with telephone coaching (available in English, French and Cantonese). Bounce Back community coaches assist in the teaching of problem-solving and other skills to overcome difficulties such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and avoidance. Access to the coaching component requires a doctor's referral.

Chinese Bounce Back is available to people across BC, through referrals from primary care practitioners. The Chinese program—with a self-help DVD (in Cantonese or Mandarin) plus booklets & telephone coaching (in Cantonese)—maintains the core principles of the English program but has been adapted to be more meaningful to the Chinese community. For more information about Chinese Bounce Back, call 1-877-318-3098.

If you are interested in Bounce Back, please talk to your family doctor. If needed, you can use the online search at www.cpsbc.ca/physician_search to find a family physician who is accepting new patients in your area.

Bounce Back is led by the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and funded by the BC Ministry of Health. A commitment to principles of empowerment, peer and family support, and participation in decision-making, make CMHA a logical lead organization for the coordination of community-based mental health programs that serve primary health care patients. CMHA BC involves a network of 19 local branches throughout the province.