As we grow to better understand the co-occurring nature of mental health problems and substance use, there is a call to work more closely on providing integrated care. This work is new to the MHCC, and we are building networks and collaborating with partners working across the field.
We are currently focusing on the ongoing opioid crisis, which is taking a devastating toll on individuals, families, front-line workers and communities across the country.
The MHCC’s work includes:
- Education and training
- Anti-stigma efforts
- Mental health support for first responders and healthcare workers
In Budget 2018, the federal government allocated funding for the MHCC to study the impact of cannabis on mental health as Canada moves towards legalization.
- Cannabis is the 2nd most commonly used substance (after alcohol) in Canada
- Canada has one of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world
- More than 40 % of people in Canada report having used cannabis at least once
The MHCC is working with partners to bridge the knowledge gap that exists related to mental health and the use of cannabis.
For information, resources and educational materials, please visit the following websites:
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- Canadian Public Health Association
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
- Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
- Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health
- Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
- Canadian Nurses Association
- Cannabis Stats Hub