Youth who experiment with alcohol may be at risk for future alcohol use problems. Previous studies and trends showed that Aboriginal youth may be at an even greater risk for developing these problems. However, new research refutes this.
Starting this issue, we will be including Research Report Round-ups in EENet’s section of Mental Health Notes. Research Report Round-ups are summaries of research reports, presented in a user-friendly format.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is pleased to start a new season of webinars that will bring together mental health and addictions stakeholders from across the province—and the country!
On Friday, November 30, the Addictions Rounds series, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, will be holding a webinar on eating disorders. Dr. Anita Federici will lead “Innovations and Advancements in the Treatment of Patients with Complex and Multidiagnostic Eating Disorder Presentations.” Dr. Federici is a clinician and researcher in the Eating Disorder Programs at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.
There’s still time to take part in EENet’s final webinar of the season. Join Dr. Brian Rush on Wednesday, December 19, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for a webinar about the work of the Needs-based Planning Model project team.
International studies show that immigrants are more at risk of hospitalization for psychosis than native-born populations. But while Canada has the second largest proportion of first-generation immigrants in the world, there are no current Canadian studies on this topic.
Up until the 1970s, homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder. Moving away from this definition meant that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community needed more supportive mental health services. In fact, because of discrimination, LGBT people experience more depression, mood and anxiety issues, substance use disorders, and suicide attempts than heterosexuals. They also access mental health services more than heterosexuals. However, dissatisfaction with mental health services among this population is high and a lack of provider knowledge about LGBT issues is apparent.
Funded by Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP), the Needs-based Planning Model project team is working to create a tool to systematically measure the need for services and supports for individuals with substance use problems across Canada. The tool will also help gauge required service capacities, based on local/regional population need and problem severity. This tool will be useful for decision-makers involved in system-level planning; the team hopes that uptake of the tool will play a fundamental role in advocacy efforts for additional resources in areas where gaps have been identified, as well as in improving the delivery of local services.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) invites you to take part in an upcoming webinar on Rebound Choices, a program that supports young people between the ages of 12-17. Funded by Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP), Rebound Choices focuses on substance abuse prevention and helping young people develop constructive social skills. The program model, developed by Sarnia Rebound, targets social and psychological factors that lead youth to engage in substance use and other risk-taking behaviours. An overall evaluation of the program is being led by Cindy Smythe at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
The way a person understands their own illness depends on many factors like cultural background, education level, health, and level of trust in the healthcare system. Similarly, an understanding of depression varies among cultural and ethnic groups. But there are no studies in Canada that have looked at how minority ethnic groups comprehend their depression.