COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Research

Advancing Digital Connectivity to Support Population Mental Health during COVID-19

Key Messages

To provide mental health and wellness supports for Saskatchewan residents throughout the pandemic. The SaskWell program will support residents to Be #SaskWell by providing recommendations and connections to existing mental health interventions along with evidenced wellness supports including weekly low/no tech activities for 10 weeks. Users will also be asked polling questions each week in regard to their mental health and wellness and COVID-19, this may include prompts on misinformation and assessing other potential wellness challenges (ex: will you go for a COVID-19 vaccine). The platform will run for three cycles, each cycle lasting 10 weeks.

Lay Summary

Over the past six months, the research team has successfully received ethics approval, begun working with MEMOTEXT to build the two-way SaskWell text messaging platform and established our patient and community advisory committee (PCAC). In February 2021, prior to the official launch of SaskWell, the research team conducted quality assurance and user acceptance testing to ensure the service delivered content correctly, appropriately and as planned. The team is excited to officially launch SaskWell on Wednesday March 4, 2021. To further support this work, three different social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) have been established to recruit and engage Saskatchewan residents to #BeSaskWell.


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Dr. Tracie Risling (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Dr. Gillian Strudwick (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH))


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