Health and Community Services
March 15, 2018

Residents Advised of Redesigned Website for Bridge the gApp

In an effort to increase access to mental wellness information and early intervention services, Bridge the gApp has been redesigned for improved access. Bridge the gApp, a free online mental health resource, instantly connects people to self-help information, tools and local supports through a searchable service directory. The website can be viewed at bridgethegapp.ca external link icon.

Bridge the gApp will no longer be available through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The redesigned website means it can be viewed more easily on a wider variety of devices such as a phone, tablet or computer making it easier and quicker for people to access services no matter what type of device they use. For those who still like having shortcuts on their mobile screen, users will be prompted to add an icon to their home screen which looks and functions just like a phone app.

The change to Bridge the gApp aligns with Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador. It builds on other innovative e-health technology already in place like Therapist Assistance Online (TAO) or Strongest Families. It is supported by the regional health authorities, people with lived experience, mental health partners and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

In The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government committed to transform the way mental health and addictions services are delivered. The province continues to support this vision through the implementation of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

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“The services available through Bridge the gApp have not changed, but rather have been enhanced. Both youth and adults can still visit the website and access services tailored to their needs. The benefit of this website is that it can be accessed immediately from your web browser versus having to download an app from a store. I encourage anyone who needs assistance to take advantage of Bridge the gApp.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Learn More
Bridge the gApp: bridgethegapp.ca external link icon

Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/mentalhealth/pdf/mentalhealth_addictions_plan.pdf PDF

Report Card: The First Six Months www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publications/pdf/Progress_Update_Mental_Health_Way_Forward.pdf PDF

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Tina Williams
Health and Community Services
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2018 03 15                              9:20 a.m.