Stigma and discrimination can take place anywhere. When it occurs in a health care setting, it can act as a barrier to high-quality care for people living with mental illness and substance use problems. This makes it an urgent and complex public health issue.
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Heath’s Health Promotion Resource Centre hosted a webinar to launch an updated version of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Children and Youth.
Post-secondary life can be overwhelming, but students are often unaware of how to access help when they have mental health problems. Sometimes, they’re unable to get professional services in a timely way due to long wait lists or restrictions on the number of counseling sessions available to them.
Collaboration between researchers and stakeholders is critical to creating a bridge between research and health system change. While models of collaboration vary, meaningful stakeholder involvement over time can help ensure that research is relevant to knowledge users.
Scaling up is a planned, guided process designed to bring proven or promising health care initiatives or practices to more people. It’s believed that scaling up is achieved when an effective model or practice reaches 60 percent of people who can benefit from it.
Problem gambling and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns. The link between the two hasn’t been well studied, and most of the information has been on individuals who received treatment.
Research shows that tobacco-free hospitals have a number of health and safety benefits for patients. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently went tobacco-free, part of a growing trend in health care centres across Canada.
Law enforcement agencies frequently receive and respond to calls about crises of emotionally disturbed persons in the community. However, police face an increasing number of difficulties in responding to crisis calls due to challenges such as a perceived lack of training and referral expertise. Toronto’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Program was put in place to address some of these challenges.
Recent high-profile cases across Canada have raised public concerns about safety around those with mental health issues. The Vince Li case on the Greyhound bus drew much media attention to the challenges that some individuals with mental health issues people face.
Workman Arts is an organization that works with artists with mental health and addiction issues and has offered performances and displays to hundreds of thousands of people since 1987. It was founded based on the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal and spiritual development.