Projects

  • Collective Impact Phase 1 Study
    2015
    Collective Impact (CI) is a methodology that aims to build progress through the use of a long term, collaborative approach. The Collective Impact Phase 1 project will involve working with a wide group of partners and stakeholders to help shift the Vancouver MH&A system from a continual crisis response to improvements in coordination, integration, planning and data driven decision making. The goal of Phase 1 is to closely assess the readiness of MH&A service systems to adopt a CI approach. Phase 1 will be undertaken over 8 months, culminating in the determination of the readiness of the MH&A sector to establish a 3-5 year CI initiative by the projects Strategic Advisory Group.
  • Innovation in Mental Health Service Delivery in Vancouver, British Columbia
    2015
    This project will examine an innovative, cost-effective model of service delivery for community mental health services. The program of interest, called the Psychiatric Urgent Care Program, was developed by a group of expert clinicians in collaboration with the Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia (MDABC).
  • Case Study Research Project
    2014-2017
    Funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the purpose of the Case Study Research Project is to document how the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is being implemented in 42 participating organizations across Canada. The project is an iterative process evaluation of organizations, collecting qualitative and quantitative data to understand organizational approaches to implementation and identify promising tools and practices that can be used to contribute to knowledge and resources that will support the broader adoption of the Standard across Canada. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) was launched in 2013 by the MHCC. The Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm at work.
  • Enhanced Primary Mental Health Care Study - Vietnam
    2014-2015
    Depression has been found to be a prevalent condition in Vietnam however, the capacity of primary health care staff to identify and treat depression is low. Funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), the Enhanced Primary Mental Health Care Study - Vietnam aims to contribute to improvements in the identification and treatment of depression for adults in primary care in two pilot provinces in Vietnam. This feasibility study seeks to select and adapt measures of depression and disability for use in Vietnam and has included that adaption of a “supported self-management” model of depression management into the Vietnamese context. The feasibility of recruiting and training primary healthcare staff is also being tested, in addition to the validity and acceptability of the measures and approaches. This feasibility study seeks to select and adapt measures of depression and disability for use in Vietnam and has included that adaption of a “supported self-management” model of depression management into the Vietnamese context. The feasibility of recruiting and training primary healthcare staff is also being tested, in addition to the validity and acceptability of the measures and approaches.
  • Trends in male suicide in Canada: Policy implications
    2013
    A review of trends over time in rates and patterns of suicide in Canadian males using datasets collected by national agencies in Canada. This project is identifying key information within epidemiological data that is relevant for policy and can help guide efforts at preventing suicide and intervening awith groups who may be at high risk and in which there may be good opportunities to reduce suicide rates.