Kelty On-Line Therapy Program Announced
Help is just a click away, as VCH introduces the Kelty Online Therapy Service
Recently, the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation donated $500,000 to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to help fund the development of the Kelty Online Therapy Service at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) - an innovative set of online tools and services to expand support for patients and families impacted by mental illness.
The Kelty Online Therapy Service will offer both self-help and therapist-guided online programs that address common mental health issues. The programs will comprise a series of learning modules that use video, animation and interactive tools such as games, workbooks and role-plays. The modules will be available anytime to anyone, anywhere in the world.
The project is being led by Dr. Christine Korol, a VGH psychologist with extensive experience in integrating technology in evidence-based therapeutic practice, and by Dr. Theo De Gagne, the Regional Psychology Practice Leader at VGH. "What will be unique about the Kelty Online Therapy Service is that we will create our own library of interactive courses, including depression, anxiety, grief, addictions and more. Patients will be able to access the programs whether they are on an inpatient unit, outpatient group or connected to a therapist in the community - and therapists in different services will be able to see the work their patients have previously completed, improving continuity of care," Dr. Korol explains.
The online therapy service will also provide interim support for patients waiting for referrals. It will give patients the flexibility to get treatment outside of regular business hours and from their homes. The on-demand access also means greater accessibility for individuals living in remote areas where counselling services are not as widely available or for those who are unable to leave the home.
The development of the program is underway with plans to release the first module by the end of 2014. The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation is proud to support this cause to significantly improve the lives of those affected by mental illness - closing the gaps and bringing us closer to completing the circle of care.
The Foundations gift is part of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation $82 million campaign to create a new Mental Health Centre that will dramatically improve how patients are able to access care and the environment in which their healing takes place.
The new, eight level, 90,000 square foot mental health centre - named Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre in recognition of the family's $12 million lead gift - will replace the badly deteriorating Health Centre, currently located at West 12th Avenue and Health Street. It will look and feel completely different from what exists today. With 100 private patient rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, it will be the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the province caring for people with mental illness from all walks of life.