Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM)

A number of CARMHA personnel work closely with the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) to support collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users from Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.  CGSM investigators address gender and social inequities in mental health through the development of innovative research, knowledge exchange and training initiatives.

CGSM is directed by Dr. Marina Morrow http://www.sfu.ca/fhs/people/profiles/mmorrow.html 

Funding:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Resources:

Krupa, T., Kidd, S., Burnham, D., Hemingway, D., Margolin, I., Patterson, M., Zabkiewicz, D.
Using arts-based research to create research spaces that encourage meaningful dialogue about gender, social inequity, recovery and mental illness.  Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health Critcial Inquiries Workshop, Vancouver, BC, May 9-10, 2011.

Partners in CGSM projects involving CARMHA personnel:

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Northern British Columbia       
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Coast Foundation     

CGSM Projects involving CARMHA personnel:

Gender, Recovery, and Housing: A Consultation with Service Providers in Multiple Communities

This project seeks to develop a summary understanding of how gender is reflected in the challenges, resources, and needs of adults with severe mental illness in their efforts to find a home and to meaningfully participate in the community.  By engaging a diverse population of service providers, the community consultation will add new knowledge of key issues and questions in this area.  The findings from this work will also serve to form a foundational background in the  develop an operating grant proposal.        

Project Start Date:             08/2011
Project End Date:               07/2012

Mothering, Mental Health and Homelessness:  Developing an Informed Research Strategy for Advancing Knowledge

This project seeks to develop an informed and strategic research plan of inquiry surrounding women with mental health problems who are parenting in a context of housing instability. Specifically, the project seeks to convene a one-day forum of diverse and knowledgeable service providers, policy makers, persons with lived experience, and researchers to systematically identify and prioritize the key issues and questions surrounding the intersections of mothering, mental health, and family homelessness. By engaging and bringing together a highly informed group of stakeholders, the team will solicit perspectives and priorities, catalyze partnerships, and develop a research strategy that will pursue the advancement of knowledge surrounding how parenting is related to the challenges, resources, service needs and recovery of mothers at risk for homelessness and living with mental illness.  The resulting research strategy will lay the foundation for an operating grant proposal that will seek to improve the data upon which future policy and programmatic practice decisions may be based

Project Start Date:             12/2012
Project End Date:               11/2013

2009-2014

For more information on CGSM:

Contact Info:

info@socialinequities.ca