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GREEN SHIELD CANADA (GSC) November 9, 2021 - We are thrilled to announce that today we have launched Room for Her– an initiative that will explore the impacts of improving access to mental health services with an initial focus on BIPOC women in the workplace.

During the pandemic, 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. The pandemic has exposed the disproportionate mental health burden facing women and study after study confirms that women are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and mental health-related concerns.

Room for Her reflects our broader commitment to joining with public and private sector partners to remove barriers and build a more human, and integrated mental health support system for all Canadian women.

IMPROVING ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN WOMEN

Room for Her is an innovative multi-year women’s mental health initiative that, in its first phase, will offer Canadian women 10,000 hours of complimentary online mental health sessions – through Inkblot Therapy.

The Room for Her initiative’s mission is to promote wellbeing for all women and that includes access to qualified mental health support now, when women need it most. Starting today, anyone who identifies as a woman, resides in Canada, and is 18 years or older can take advantage of a complimentary one-hour counselling session with Inkblot Therapy. Those who qualify for this counselling will also receive an initial 30-minute consultation appointment with a certified therapist of their choice, along with one 60-minute or two 30-minute sessions of additional online counselling.

WHAT’S NEXT?

More exciting initiatives by Room for Her will be coming later in 2021 and early 2022 including a half day conference, a resource hub, webinars, and a podcast – all providing space for informative and inclusive discussions surrounding women’s mental health, with an initial focus on BIPOC women in the workplace in 2022.