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  • Positive Coping with Health Conditions


    Dan Bilsker,
    Joti Samra,
    Elliot Goldner

    Positive Coping with Health Conditions, A Self-Care Workbook is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to coping with health conditions. This manual is designed for individuals who deal with health conditions, including patients, physicians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and researchers.

  • Beckley Foundation - Global Cannabis Commission Report


    Robin Room,
    Wayne Hall,
    Peter Reuter,
    Benedikt Fischer,
    Simon Lenton

    Cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug, (accounting for 166 million users out of a total of 200 million users of all illegal drugs), yet it is rarely mentioned in international drug policy discussions. Amanda Feilding convened a team of the world’s leading drug policy analysts to put this right by compiling a comprehensive overview of the subject. The Commission, in its Report, also identified possible routes forward, including depenalisation, decriminalization, and a regulated legal market. It also discussed how individual countries might reform cannabis policies to suit their particular needs. One suggestion is that countries should join together with similarly disposed nations to denounce the current international drugs conventions and instead draw up cannabis-specific conventions more suitable for their culture.

  • Consensus Statement on Depression in Adults


    This consensus statement was prepared by an independent panel of health professionals, academics, and public representatives based on: 1) presentations by and questioning of experts working in areas relevant to the conference questions; 2) information by people living with depression; 3) questions and comments from conference attendees and speakers during open discussion periods; and 4) closed deliberations by the jury. The conference was held in Alberta, Canada. The consensus statement therefore often refers to the situation in Alberta, although data were not only drawn from that area, but also from other parts of Canada and the United States. This statement is an independent report of the panel and is not a policy statement of the conference partners, conference sponsors, or the Government of Alberta.

  • Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia


    Michelle Patterson,
    Julian Somers,
    Karen McIntosh,
    Alan Shiell,
    Charles James Frankish

    In August 2006, the BC Ministry of Health - Mental Health and Addictions Branch asked the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University to provide up-to-date information with regard to the scope of homelessness in BC, recommended solutions and associated costs.

  • Housing for People with Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders: Summary of Literature and Annotated Bibliography


    Julian Somers,
    Ernest Drucker,
    Jim Frankish,
    Brian Rush

    Researchers at the Centre for Applied Research on Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) were contracted by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to compile a brief, annotated bibliography focussing on the provision of housing for people with substance use and co-occurring mental disorders.

  • Planning Guidelines for Mental Health and Addiction Services for Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disability


    Caron Byrne,
    Anne D. Hurley,
    Randy James

    This document highlights the approach and principal recommendations for planning mental health and addiction services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Core Information Document


    Julian M Somers,
    Matthew Querée

    Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) holds a unique status in the field of mental health – CBT is effective for many psychological problems, is relatively brief, and is well received by individuals. A large volume of research has been published regarding CBT, including a number of well-designed studies involving people in “real world” clinical settings. Yet despite this large base of evidence, information about CBT has not been well communicated to consumers, families, and providers of health care. Consequently, CBT is not being used as extensively as the research would warrant. Many individuals (consumers, families, and professionals alike) are unaware of the effectiveness of CBT for different problems. There is additional uncertainty about the effectiveness of different formats of CBT (for example, individual, group or self-help formats), who can provide CBT, how to access their services, and other treatments with which CBT is used (for example, the use of medication and CBT together). This Core Information Document has been assembled for the benefit of individuals, families and service providers interested in a broad summary of information relating to CBT and its effectiveness.

  • Antidepressant Skills at Work


    Dan Bilsker,
    Merv Gilbert,
    Joti Samra

    A self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health and addiction.

  • Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide


    Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide, is a guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide.

  • Family Physician Guide for Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Early Psychosis, and Substance Use Disorders


    Ellen Anderson,
    Dan Bilsker,
    Holden Chow,
    Lisa Dive,
    Tom Ehmann,
    Laura Hanson,
    Shimi Kang,
    Steve Mathias,
    Erin Michalak,
    Sarah Newth,
    Joti Samra,
    Sharita Shah,
    Carolina Vidal

    Guidelines and publications have been developed by many groups and organizations relevant to depression, anxiety disorders, early psychosis, and substance use disorders. However, the existing documents have been issued through a wide variety of sources and consequently it is difficult for clinicians to have a clear, easily accessible source of information that addresses these areas of clinical care.