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October 18, 2012 14 Communities of Interest take root in Ontario

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.

October 4, 2012 Take part in upcoming knowledge exchange event

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.

October 4, 2012 Take note of EENote!

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.

October 4, 2012 Research Snapshot: HIV symptom distress linked to depression among HIV-positive immigrants

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.

September 20, 2012 Still time to register for upcoming webinar on youth substance use services

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.

September 20, 2012 Research Snapshot: Gap between Aboriginal and Western approaches to mental health persists

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.

September 6, 2012 Research Snapshot: One in four hospitalized for depression will be readmitted within 30 days

Some people who suffer from depression need hospitalization during the most severe phases of their illness. Once their condition improves and they leave the hospital, they are supposed to receive follow-up medical visits. Without follow-up care, these people are at risk of rehospitalisation for depression.

September 6, 2012 Is research working for you?

The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP) and Addictions Ontario (AO), in partnership with EENet, are pleased to announce the facilitation of a two-hour in-person session with a handful of mental health and addiction agencies across the province. The aim of this initiative is to help you systematically identify how research is being used in your organization, and what gaps exist that may prevent its optimal use.

September 6, 2012 Have your say on youth substance use services in upcoming webinar

Have you visited the Youth Services System Review’s (YSSR) new website yet? Funded by the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP), YSSR is carrying out a review of services that address substance use for youth (ages 12-24) across Ontario. YSSR’s new site 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.

September 6, 2012 Research Snapshot: One in four hospitalized for depression will be readmitted within 30 days

Some people who suffer from depression need hospitalization during the most severe phases of their illness. Once their condition improves and they leave the hospital, they are supposed to receive follow-up medical visits. Without follow-up care, these people are at risk of rehospitalisation for depression.