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  • Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada


    Wayne Jones,
    Elliot M Goldner,
    Amanda Butler,
    Kimberley McEwan

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) identified the need for better data collection, research, and knowledge exchange in order to build Canada’s capacity to promote mental health and improve the lives of people living with mental illness. To help accomplish this goal, the MHCC partnered with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University to create a national set of mental health and mental illness indicators. This technical report provides detailed information regarding the first iteration of the MHCC’s Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada project, which reports on a total of 63 national indicators. 55 indicators are being released at this time and 8 additional indicators highlighting the mental health of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis will be released at a later date. This technical report contains the details for 55 indicators, and will be updated once the final 8 have been released.

  • Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond


    Dan Bilsker,
    Randy Paterson

    This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond; and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyles behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.

  • Feasibility Study: Development and Reporting of a Common Set of Mental Health Performance Indicators in Canada


    Many countries have undertaken development work aimed at measurement of mental health system performance for accountability, monitoring and quality improvement. Notable achievements have been made by Australia, Scotland and the United States. The value of valid and reliable performance indicators for Canadian mental health services has been widely recognized. Provincial/territorial mental health plans and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s national Strategy have emphasized the need to identify meaningful indicators that could be used to gauge progress toward system goals and targets. The Graham Boeckh Foundation and its partners have expressed interest in developing a project designed to improve mental health systems, services and policies in Canada through regular reporting on a set of common performance indicators. This report summarizes findings of a review of the feasibility of using existing data to produce indicators about access, quality and outcomes of mental health services in Canada’s provinces and territories.

  • Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers


    Merv Gilbert, Dan Bilsker

    Mental health problems have a powerful and expanding impact in the workplace. To foster a pragmatic integrated approach to workplace mental health in Canada, the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada commissioned CARMHA to create a resource to assist employers in this pursuit. for employers. The Action Guide consists of an overall framework encompassing a set of practical, evidence-informed and scalable actions that employers – small & large, public & private – can undertake in order to improve employees’ psychological health and safety.

  • Innovation to Implementation: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Translation in Health Care


    Dan Bilsker,
    Lisa Petermann,
    Elliot M. Goldner

    The I2I is a how-to guide for driving change using knowledge translation (KT) activities. It is built around the concept of innovation: products, actions, services or relationships that have the potential to enhance health outcomes. The guide illustrates how to move from innovation to implementation in a thoughtful manner to achieve the desired outcomes of a project or initiative.

  • Improving psychological health & safety in the workplace: Critical analysis and pragmatic options


    Dan Bilsker,
    Merv Gilbert

    This report is a critical analysis of currently available models for guiding efforts to improve psychological health and safety in the workplace. It is based on a review of the empirical and ‘grey’ literature on select international approaches to this topic. These models are described and reviewed in terms of generally accepted quality standard, the extent to which the models support an integrated approach to workplace mental health, and the extent to which they are relevant to the Canadian workplace context. On the basis of this review, a pragmatic approach to improving workplace psychological health and safety in Canada is presented. The proposed approach, the P6 Framework, is intended to facilitate an integrated response to workplace psychological health issues across the continuum of employment and between the key employer, regulatory, labour and mental health care stakeholders who may play a role in addressing and enhancing workplace psychological health and safety.

  • A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada


    Elliot Goldner
    Emily Jenkins
    Jessica Palma,
    Dan Bilsker

    A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada is the first book to cover the full spectrum of mental health in Canada, from synapse to society. Written in an accessible style, it applies an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates insights from both the physical and social sciences to expand the way readers think about mental health.

  • Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate


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

    Cannabis, marijuana, pot, ganja – it goes by many names – is by far the most widely used illegal substance, and accounts for more arrests than any other drug. Politicians the world over have tied themselves in knots trying to decide how to deal with it. Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate is unique in providing the materials needed for deciding on policy about cannabis, and will be of interest to a wide range of readers interested in drugs and drug policy.

  • A Roadmap to Men's Health: Current Status, Research, Policy & Practice


    Dan Bilsker,
    Larry Goldenberg,
    Joyce Davison

    A Roadmap to Men’s Health was commissioned by the Men’s Health Initiative of BC to raise awareness of Men's Health among healthcare providers, researchers, policymakers and the public at large. The report explains the field of Men's Health, develops a framework for making sense of male health conditions and makes recommendations for improving service delivery and the knowledge base in this important area.

  • Guarding Minds @ Work


    Joti Samra,
    Merv Gilbert,
    Dan Bilsker,
    Martin Shain

    Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) provides an evidence-based process that employers can easily and quickly implement to protect psychological safety and promote psychological health in their workplace.

  • 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.