Mental Health and Substance Use - Webinar Series Archive

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Measuring Stigma Related to Opioid Use

Learn about the Opening Minds Provider Attitudes Toward Opioid Use Scale (OM-PATOS), geared to those in the helping professions that may respond to or care for people living with opioid use or at risk of overdose or poisoning: paramedics, fire or police services workers, health-care and social-care providers, pharmacists, counsellors, etc. Discover how to use the scale to evaluate and assess the impact of stigma reduction initiatives and hear about the MHCC’s work to assess opioid stigma reduction programs.

Guest speakers:

Dr. Stephanie Knaak
Senior Research Consultant, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Jes Besharah
Community Harm Reduction Support Navigator, Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit
Peer Support Worker, Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres  

Community-Based Research Request for Proposals - Information Session

Learn more about the context behind the goals and objectives of the Request for Proposals: Community-Based Research Projects in Cannabis and Mental Health. You’ll learn about the application process and how dedicated community-based research hubs can support your application.

Cannabis & Mental Health

Now that non-medical cannabis is legal in Canada, there is a need to address the gaps that currently exist in the literature on cannabis and mental health. To inform policy and research agendas, the Mental Health Commission of Canada funded a team of experts from the University of Calgary to conduct an environmental scan and scoping review of existing literature on cannabis and mental health. In this webinar you will hear from Fiona Clement, one of the authors of Cannabis and Mental Health: Priorities for Research in Canada, who will speak to the findings of the report, including new opportunities to better understand the complex relationship between mental health and cannabis use.

We will also be hearing from Dr. Robert Gabrys of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, who will be giving us a summary of their Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Regular Use and Mental Health report.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Fiona Clement, Associate Professor
Director, Health Technology Assessment Unit
University of Calgary

Dr. Robert Gabrys
Research and Policy Analyst
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The Brain Story: Science and Practice

Description: How childhood trauma affects brain development to influence mental health and addiction

Guest Speakers: 

Dr. Nicole Sherren

Cynthia Wild

Developing a Performance Measurement Framework


Mental health data systems remain patchy and incomplete. Some of the best data comes from physician billing systems, hospitals, and Statistics Canada’s community health surveys. But there are still many aspects of mental health and addiction (MHA) services that are not measured. And, we have yet to reach agreement on a framework needed to measure progress across a broad continuum of services.

To this end, we invite you to hear from Dr. Carol Adair on a way forward. She is the lead author of a new MHCC report, Resources for developing a mental health and addiction performance framework for Canada.

This webinar will give you an overview of the report. It will outline the steps needed to build a performance measurement framework that reflects broad MHA stakeholder needs and consensus that is grounded in provincial/territorial policy priorities. This performance framework seeks to complement CIHI’s five access indicators tied to the new Health Accord funding, as agreed upon by all provinces and territories.  You will hear about our plan to bring together service providers, subject matter experts, health system representatives and people with lived experience to build this framework – eventually coalescing into the creation of a comprehensive performance measurement system that can track service and system improvements over time.

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Carol Adair

Get the Yes: How to plan your social media strategy and effectively communicate your project to get stakeholder buy-in

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Description: This webinar is all about communication! Learn about SBAR(A), a framework used to communicate effectively with one another, as well as the GOST model, a planning method used to develop a social media strategy, both of which will help get buy-in from stakeholders for your knowledge translation initiative.

Guest Speakers:

Don Wildfong, BNSc, MSc, RN,
Principal, Impact Solutions

April Yorke,
Digital Marketing Specialist, Public Affairs

Webinar #2 - Choosing the Right Innovation

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Description: This webinar will explore how to select an appropriate innovation to bring about positive change in your organization or community. Whether you’re thinking about using a product, action or service as your innovation, join us for this webinar to learn to about implementation science tools such as the Hexagon and Practice Profile that can help you to implement your innovation successfully. 

Guest Speakers:

Kim Baker,
Implementation Supervisor, Provincial System Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Liz Wigfull,
Manager, Knowledge Exchange, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Webinar #01 - Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement

Description: The Knowledge Exchange Collaborative is a joint initiative between the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). The goal of this collaborative is to bring together people in the fields of mental health, substance use and addiction who are interested in learning more about knowledge exchange. As part of this collaborative, the MHCC and CCSA will be hosting a series of webinars to highlight and discuss key issues related to knowledge exchange. This first webinar will explore approaches to engaging stakeholders, an important part of knowledge exchange to effectively move research into policy and practice.

Guest Speakers:

Eugenia Canas, ‎
Coordinator, Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion

Liz Wigfull,
Manager, Knowledge Exchange, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Laurence Caron,
Chargé de projet et formateur, Lutte contre la stigmatisation, Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale