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September 26, 2013 Announcing Communities of Interest: Year Two!

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is delighted to announce the second year of its Communities of Interest (CoIs) initiative.

September 26, 2013 Research Snapshot: What affects staff members’ interest in participating in the dissemination of EBPs?

While there is a growing number of ways to prevent and treat substance use issues, it can take a long time for these approaches to make their way into agencies. In particular, there is a need to develop more effective ways to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs). A key part of this consists of getting people in the field to engage in professional development on EBP initiatives.

September 26, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Economic Impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have serious public health, social, and economic impacts. Individuals with FASD often have health issues and special needs that require ongoing support. When support is not available, they may face challenges related to mental and physical health, addiction, education, employment, and involvement with the justice system. These challenges have a heavy impact both on the individual and society.

September 12, 2013 Research Snapshot: factors that affect youth hospitalizations for mental health problems

Inpatient hospitalization is one of the most expensive types of treatment for youth living with mental health problems. As a result, it’s important to understand what affects how long youth stay in hospital for mental health problems once they’re hospitalized and how often they’re readmitted to hospital for mental health issues.

September 12, 2013 Research Report round-up: two unique strategies help people with mental health or substance use issues find jobs

Houselink_Community_Homes_Logo_300pxHouselink Community Homes combines work, supportive housing and inclusive community, to promote and help people recover from mental illness and addiction. This report describes strategies that can help people living with mental health and substance use issues find work. These strategies involve supporting members in their search for jobs and having employees share their lived experiences.

September 12, 2013 Outside our borders: EENet contributes to Qualaxia

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is delighted to announce a new dedicated space on the Qualaxia website, focused on mental health policy in Ontario. The space will feature blogs, tools, links, and resources that make knowledge on this topic more accessible.

August 22, 2013 Research Report Round-up: Local health hubs for communities in rural and Northern Ontario

The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities. A recent report by the Ontario Hospital Association recommends that local health hubs are well positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A health hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide patients with clinical links to the health services they need.

August 22, 2013 Research Snapshot: Concurrent mental health and substance use problems among street-involved youth

A person has concurrent disorders when they have both substance use and mental health problems. People with concurrent disorders are at greater risk of hospitalization, suicidal thinking or behavior, poor treatment outcomes, as well as homelessness.

July 25, 2013 Research Snapshot: Barriers to Mental Health Care for LGBT People

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people report poorer mental health outcomes than do heterosexual, non-trans people. But little is known about their experiences with mental health services.

July 25, 2013 Research Report Round-up: How Ontario public health units are addressing child and youth mental health

Momentum is building to promote mental health in Ontario, including efforts to improve treatment options and services for children and youth with mental health concerns. The core business of public health covers illness prevention and health promotion. But the role of public health in mental health is not clear.