The need for organizations such as the Centre for Online Mental Health Support (COMHS) was recognized at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of individuals started to experience anxiety and depression, even if they had been managing well before. Additionally, many individuals with existing issues found that they got worse. There were also significant problems for parents, seniors, and multiple other groups.
While there are many groups offering static programs, or tools that can be downloaded, there was not the ability for large numbers of individuals to gain rapid, interactive, support in a live format where they have the opportunity for immediate format and a question and answer opportunity.
A group of friends got together and donated their time to make this happen rapidly. We worked with Blankets of Love, a long-standing Foundation for Mental Health charity, to put together a free series of presentations to meet these needs.
After launching in late March it has been extremely successful, and well-received. The needs continue to grow and COMHS is grateful to all supporters to allow it to continue to offer this valuable service.