Some interventions have been proven effective to prevent and treat substance use problems in mothers, but Canadian agencies serving women are not putting them into practice. To better understand how these agencies are deciding on the treatments they provide, Ontario researchers conducted a descriptive, qualitative study.
Substance use can have a significant impact on the mother and child, as well as on their families and the larger community. Most pregnant women who use drugs and alcohol face stigma and discrimination, which can affect the care they seek and receive.
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In this webinar you’ll learn about the results of EENet’s survey of stakeholder preferences:
• Who is looking for mental health and substance use evidence in Ontario?
• Where are people going to meet their evidence needs?
• What makes evidence sources useful and trustworthy?
The D.I.Y. Health Equity Kit is a beginner’s guide for those interested in working toward equity within Ontario’s mental health system and beyond.
Research, campaigns, and other activities in Canada have helped raise awareness and knowledge of mental health and mental illness. But it’s not clear whether these efforts have delivered an impact, particularly among working Canadians.
In Ontario, children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are unable to keep up with the demand. The result is wait lists for these services. In an effort to get help, some families may contact more than one service provider. This can lead to lost time and emotional stress for families, and duplication of services and other inefficiencies for the CAMHS system.
Learn how to use it with youth at a free training webinar
Be Safe has been expanded across the province. This free app was created in 2014 to help youth in London Middlesex to more effectively connect with local mental health and addiction resources.
Improving child and youth mental health was highlighted as a provincial priority by the government of Ontario, as described in its mental health strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
Youth-adult partnerships involve youth and adults working together to improve the systems that affect them. While research on the effects of these partnerships in community mental health promotion is limited, research in other areas demonstrate positive benefits for youth.
The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is the provincial standardized assessment tool for the community mental health sector. This tool supports a consumer-driven approach and focuses conversations on the client’s needs and strengths, and the development of a recovery plan.