Shoppers Drug Mart is partnering with SilverCloud Health Ltd. to make the digital mental-health solutions company’s online cognitive behavioural therapy program available to Canadian plan sponsors.

SilverCloud’s digital CBT offering includes behavioural-health coaching support for depression and anxiety from trained social workers, as well as self-help programs on stress management and resiliency.

“As the exclusive Canadian partner of SilverCloud Health, we are excited to bring their digital cognitive behavioural platform to employers,” said Mark Rolnick, Shoppers’ vice-president of payor partnerships and plan sponsor innovation, in a press release. “Canadian employers will be able to supplement their coverage of drug therapy, which is often an important part of treatment and recovery, with an innovative, cost-effective psychotherapy offering.”

Read: How does cognitive behavioural therapy actually work?

Shoppers will also add SilverCloud’s platform to its own employee benefits plan. “As an organization with a large network of retail pharmacies across the country, we are very much aware of the impact that poor mental health can have on employees, as well as their co-workers and the customers they serve,” said Zebrina Kassam, senior vice-president of human resources at Shoppers.

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