Breaking Barriers: Why Discovery Ink & Art Enhances Access to Mental Health Services


The mental health crisis in Canada is becoming increasingly acute, preventing nearly 500,000 Canadians from going to work each week and costing the economy over $51 billion annually[i].. This crisis affects real people every day, struggling within the confines of our culturally individualistic society, exacerbated by isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a significant gap between those recognizing their need for mental health services and those who have access to them. Of the 5.3 million people reporting a need for help, 2.3 million receive only partial or no support[ii]. The biggest shortfall is in accessing counselling services—34% of those seeking support fail to receive it[iii]. Challenges include a shortage of service providers, geographic barriers, and issues related to affordability. Even with insurance, the average cost of therapy at $150 per hour is prohibitive for many, making essential psychological support unaffordable for those earning an average or minimum wage in Canada[iv]..

At Discovery Ink & Art, located in Brockville and serving areas like Ottawa and Kingston, we are committed to addressing these affordability issues. We leverage our business as a platform to enhance access to mental health services by partnering with practitioners to offer reduced-fee therapy and coaching. Learn more about how we support mental health affordability.

If you need immediate mental health support, please consider the following resources:

  • Wellness Together Canada (Partner of the Canadian Federal Government): Text WELLNESS to 741741 for emergency support.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Call 1-833-456-4566 nationwide or 1-866-277-3553 in Quebec, available 24/7.
  • Kids Help Phone: Available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.
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