Mental Health

Background & Purpose

The CAHSPR Mental Health theme group is a community of researchers, decision-makers, and other individuals who have a particular interest in mental health services, research and policy. Our mission is to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange, significant discussions, and collaborative work amongst members of the group on mental health research and intersecting points between mental health and other health sectors. We endeavor to raise the profile of mental health research and facilitate its dissemination at annual CAHSPR conferences, and ultimately to improve mental health services and support through the dissemination and application of science and policy.


Organization & Leadership

The Mental Health Theme Group consists of an Executive Committee and 3 working committees (Communications and Membership; Conference Planning; and Sustainability).

The 2013-2014 Executive Committee includes:

  • Elizabeth Lin (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) as Chair Elect
  • Shalini Lal (McGill University) as Past Chair (2012-2013)
  • Don Wildfong (Canadian Nurses Association) as Coordinator of the Sustainability Committee
  • Angela Ly as Coordinator of the Membership and Communications Committee
  • Qamar Zaidi (York University) as Coordinator of the Membership and Communications Committee
  • Leena Wu (University of British Columbia, School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services & Policy Research) as Coordinator of the Conference Planning Committee
  • Eric Latimer (McGill University and Douglas Mental Health University Institute) as Executive Member at Large
  • Emily Jenkins (University of British Columbia) as Executive Member at Large
  • Amanda Slaunwhite (University of Victoria, Centre for Addictions Research of BC) as Executive Member at Large

Biographies: Mental Health Theme Group Executive Committee

Documents & Resources

National, provincial and territorial links to mental health strategies across Canada:

  1. Changing Directions Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada
  2. Creating Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy
  3. Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia
  4. Rising to the Challenge: A strategic plan for the mental health and well-being of Manitobans
  5. The Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick 2011-18
  6. 2012-2015 A Shared Path Towards Wellness Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan – Northwest Territories
  7. Together We Can: The Plan to Improve Mental Health and Addictions Care for Nova Scotians
  8. Mental Health Services Strategy – Prince Edward Island
  9. Plan d’action stratégique en matière de santé mentale 2013-2015
  10. Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

CAHSPR is not responsible for the accuracy of information contained in external websites.


Past Presentations at CAHSPR

Integration of Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care Panel (2012)

This panel addresses the current status of evidence and implementation of collaborative mental health care in Canada, with the aim of developing an agenda for health services and policy research on this topic. Panel members include experts in developing and implementing integrated mental health services in Canadian primary care settings and related research. The panel presents major recommendations from a 2011 position paper produced by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Psychiatric Association that sets directions for expediting flow across the health care system, reducing waiting lists, and improving access to enhance the experience for people requiring services, especially for vulnerable populations that traditionally underutilize mental health services.

Nick Kates, McMaster University and Health Quality Ontario (presentation)

Michel Gervais, Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (presentation)

Elliot Goldner, Simon Fraser University (presentation) (clip)


Social Media


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