MS Canada has partnered with Sesh to provide a free mental health resource for people living with MS

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MS Canada (formerly the MS Society of Canada) has partnered with mental health app Sesh to provide the Sesh platform for free to Canadians living with MS to support their health journeys. This unique partnership provides access to support groups led by virtual therapists, as well as boosting research on mental health and multiple sclerosis; in particular, the impact of support groups for those living with MS.

“We are proud that MS Canada will begin actively encouraging the MS community to engage with Sesh,” said Vitoria Lecomte, CEO and Founder of Sesh. “Our partnership is much more than an endorsement: it’s a national advocacy for the Sesh support group model and its impact on clinical outcomes.”

MS Canada is the country’s leading national funder of MS research. Since 1948, The MS Society has provided support, advocacy and resources for people living with MS and their families and carers.

“Partnering with Sesh is an important step in providing improved access to much-needed mental health support for the MS community,” said Dr. Pamela Valentine, President and CEO of MS Canada. “People living with MS are at higher risk of developing co-morbid mental illnesses and we are committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to live their lives to their fullest potential.”

Sesh is a therapist-led, community-driven mental health platform focused on providing support groups for issues people face in life. Founded in 2020, Sesh offers over 200+ sessions per month on topics such as anxiety, depression and grief, while also hosting sessions on art therapy, workplace burnout and more – all led by a licensed therapist.

In 2022 alone, Sesh has seen remarkable results—according to PHQ-2/GAD-2 data, members self-reported reductions in feelings of depression and anxiety after just a few sessions. with a 67% reduction in feelings of depression and anxiety after 9 sessions. Members also saw a 21% increase in self-efficacy, a 36% increase in social connectedness, and a 20% increase in feeling supported.

“By partnering, our mission is not only to increase access to critical emotional and mental health support resources, but also to conduct important research to understand the impact that support groups can have on this marginalized group,” said Lecomte.

The partnership will provide Canadians affected by MS with free, unlimited access to Sesh’s online support groups, as well as an opportunity for the two organizations to work together on collaborative research efforts.

About Sesh

Sesh is a support group powered mental health platform that offers a holistic and effective approach to mental health support through a safe and supportive environment for people to share their experiences and learn from each other. Led by licensed, certified therapists, these groups provide a unique opportunity for members to connect with others who understand what they are going through and provide valuable support and guidance.

As a digital health company, Sesh serves both individuals seeking support and employers/organizations looking to support their employees or community. Care is delivered through an easy-to-use and encrypted web and mobile platform (both iOS and Android), compliant with HIPAA and additional industry standard regulatory requirements.

Today, the need for care is more urgent than ever — Sesh offers over 300 support groups per month for almost any need. From topics such as anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and self-esteem, members can find the right session for them and explore different modalities.

For more information on Sesh organization partnerships, visit seshgroups.com/teams. To learn more about support groups, please visit seshgroups.com/how-it-works.

For Multiple Sclerosis and MS Canada

As of January 2023, the MS Society of Canada is operating under a new name – MS Canada. MS Canada will continue to fulfill the mission of the MS Society of Canada and the MS Scientific Research Foundation, building on our 75-year history of supporting the MS community. The MS Canada name will slowly be introduced to our operations in 2023.

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. An average of 12 Canadians are diagnosed each day. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). It is considered an episodic disability, meaning that the severity and duration of the illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of health. It can also be progressive. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 49, and the unpredictable effects of the disease will last for the rest of their lives. MS Canada provides information, support and advocacy to people affected by MS and funds research to find the cause and cure the disease, bringing us closer to a world without MS. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information to get involved or to support Canadians affected by MS by making a donation.

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