Assessing and comparing the costs of addiction treatment services is a crucial part of quality improvement and performance measurement.
A young child with anxiety symptoms may be at risk of experiencing anxiety in their adolescence and adulthood. This is the case even for children who aren’t diagnosed as anxious, but who still have relatively high anxiety (called subclinical anxiety). Most studies of subclinical social anxiety, however, have focused on older children and adolescents—until now.
The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is putting a spotlight on mental health and addictions, and South Asian youth. On October 29, 2012, CASSA will hold its 2nd Annual Health Equity Conference, “A Diagnosis for Equity: A dialogue on mental health and addictions as it relates to South Asian youth.” The event will feature keynote speaker Uzma Shakir, Director Equity, Diversity & Human Rights, City of Toronto.
Many youth go to hospital emergency departments (EDs) for a variety of mental health issues. A child’s parents or caregivers are often a clinician’s main source of information about the youth, their history, and the crisis situation. In other words, caregivers’ perceptions can have a huge impact on the way clinicians administer care.
It’s been a season of growth for EENet; beginning this fall, the network is supporting 14 Communities of Interest (CoIs) in Ontario—including one involving CMHA Ontario!
EENet envisions a Community of Interest (CoI) as a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. In a CoI, diverse stakeholders who share a common interest aim to exchange evidence, obtain answers to problems, and/or improve their understanding of a subject. This collaborative work takes place through different knowledge exchange activities and forums.
The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) is hosting an upcoming knowledge exchange event, featuring Dr. Paul Kurdyak. Dr. Kurdyak will be presenting on “Big questions and bigger policy/evaluation work: mental health services research at ICES.” More specifically, he will provide an overview of his mental health systems work at ICES, which looks at psychiatrist supply, adequacy of follow-up, and the burden of mental health and addictions. He will then review ICES’ role in strategy evaluation for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) recently launched its first ever blog, EENote, which offers perspectives on mental health and addictions from around the network. There are already a number of engaging posts up. Read about how the moving personal family experiences of an EENet team member have informed her work in the mental health and addictions system. Discover UMIND, a web-based repository for promising practices and evidence-based approaches to children’s mental health. Find out more about how a community of interest blossomed—and how EENet has evolved in recent years.
Depression affects at least one-third of HIV-positive adults. HIV-positive immigrants, however, may be at an even greater risk of developing depression because of additional stressors that are unique to their context.
Funded by the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP), the Youth Services System Review (YSSR) is carrying out a review of services that address substance use for youth (ages 12-24 years) across Ontario. YSSR’s new website invites anyone who has something to say about youth substance use services – especially youth – to speak their minds on what’s working, where the gaps are, and how the system could be improved.
A gap still exists between Aboriginal and Western approaches to Aboriginal mental health—that’s one of the findings of a recent study. The research team, primarily from Saskatchewan, looked at past work on the treatment and healing of Aboriginal Peoples with mental health and substance-related issues. The researchers observed the Aboriginal tradition of storytelling to convey the importance of adopting holistic and culture-based treatment for Aboriginal clients.