It’s easy to think that the worst is behind us as many areas of the country (and the world at large) begin to settle into various versions of a new normal in the wake of the global pandemic. The truth of the matter is many of us are still working through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that sentiment is especially true for women currently suffering from mental health concerns. A 2021 economic report conducted by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) noted that one-in-five Canadians report they've sought professional counselling for mental health concerns — and over 100,000 Canadian women have been forced to quit their jobs or take a sabbatical during the pandemic. These are glaring stats that reinforce the impact on women who face roadblocks when attempting to access mental health solutions, including marginalized people within the BIPOC community in Canada.
Improving access to mental health services with Room for Her
There is an opportunity for improvement and change in supporting women who require access to effective mental health supports. With that in mind, we're proud to announce Room for Her, an innovative multi-year women's mental health initiative funded by the Green Shield Benefits Association and delivered by Inkblot Therapy. In the first year of the project, Room for Her offers 10,000 hours of complimentary online mental health sessions to Canadian women, focusing on BIPOC women in the workplace. Multiple data reports show that BIPOC women face disproportionate barriers in the workplace and experience higher rates of mental health struggles and/or illness and significant challenges to accessing mental health support. Our goal is to help improve those statistics through the efforts of the Room for Her initiative.
How to access a complimentary one-hour counselling session with Inkblot Therapy
Whether you identify as a woman in Canada who would like to book a therapy session or you know someone who may be interested, visit the Room for Her page to find the right provider and book your first session. Below are the details you will need to get started:
1. Complete the Inkblot Therapy matching survey
After you have visited the Room for Her page, complete the Inkblot matching survey. Our unique matching survey helps us effectively evaluate your specific needs to match you with the right providers. By answering a few quick questions, we’ll be able to determine your best fit based on factors such as symptoms, stressors, language, and therapists who share your culture and values.
2. Review your counsellor matches
After completing the matching survey, we’ll direct you to a provider selection page to rank matches based on effectiveness and your individual needs. We encourage you to take some time reviewing your matches to determine who you would prefer to reach out to for a consultation.
3. Schedule a complimentary consultation
At Inkblot, we offer complimentary consultations to anyone seeking therapy on our platform. You can access a complimentary consultation by selecting a time for a call with a counsellor based on the results of your matching survey. Inkblot Therapy clients can unmatch with a practitioner if they don’t see a fit and can participate in a complimentary consultation with a new practitioner at any time.
4. Book your first therapy session
Once you’ve determined a therapist you would like to move forward with, you can book a session time with them based on your respective schedules. You will receive an email confirming the details of your session after the booking is complete. You will also receive a calendar invite and email reminder before the start time.
Secure video sessions can be accessed from your Dashboard when you log in to your account. We recommend accessing your account approximately five to 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. There will be a "Join Session" button on the Dashboard at that time that you will be able to click to enter.
5. Begin your journey towards better mental health
Inkblot Therapy follows strict Canadian regulations for video counselling health services, so you can take comfort in knowing that only you and your counsellor have access to your mental health information. After your first session, you can book your next session with the same provider via the Dashboard and take comfort in knowing you are beginning a new journey towards better mental health.
Virtual mental health counselling built for Canadian women
At Inkblot, we know the unequal impact the pandemic has had on women in Canada and their mental health. “Getting mental health support can be intimidating and daunting at the best of times. Add in all the uncertainty and restrictions related to the global pandemic, and it can be an overwhelming challenge — especially when you are dealing with mental health issues and don’t feel like yourself,” explains Dr. Rachel Toledano, Inkblot’s vice president of clinical services.
The Room for Her program helps remove the barriers women face in accessing therapy, including not knowing how to find a therapist that’s a good fit, long wait times, coupled with the costs, inconvenience and time spent travelling to and from traditional in-person therapy. Begin your journey to better mental health solutions with support from Inkblot Therapy.
Disclaimer: This article contains guidelines or advice not intended to self-diagnose or treat. No content should be used as a substitute for direct advice from a qualified professional such as your doctor or mental health professional. Please reach out for support from a certified professional related to the symptoms you may be experiencing.
If you are in crisis and require immediate support, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Alternately, please contact the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7). For residents of Québec, call 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553).