The Graham Boeckh Foundation congratulates Dr. Gabriella Gobbi on winning the seventh annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research. Dr. Gobbi is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, whose work is dedicated to bridging clinical psychiatry and basic psychopharmacology research. Her main  contributions have been in the field of cannabinoids and melatonin receptors.  One of the […]

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The new youth mental health centre located at the Bill Rees YMCA will streamline mental health services for youth between the ages of 11 and 25 struggling with mental health and addictions issues.  The Edmonton site is one of 12 that forms the  ACCESS Open Minds network. ACCESS Open Minds is the first pan-Canadian network to […]

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Set to open in May 2017, FOUNDRY North Shore held an official launch on February 9th.  Attending to mark the event were North Vancouver MLAs Jordan Sturdy, Jane Thornthwaite, Ralph Sultan and Naomi Yamamoto, as well as members of Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Steve Mathias, and many youth and families. This provincial integrated youth services initiative […]

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“Up to nine hubs where young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment supports under one roof. These integrated youth service hubs help with early identification and intervention to prevent more serious issues from developing later in life. […]

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Another major transformation in youth mental health is taking place in New Brunswick. We are delighted that the province has recently been recognized for their transformational efforts, as the bronze medal recipient of the national 2016 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award. Their work has focused on the creation of a Network of Excellence (a province-wide approach […]

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  BC-IYSI – Branded “Foundry” – launches Foundry Kelowna (Dec 2016). In the Spring of 2016, five communities across British Columbia—Abbotsford, North Vancouver, Kelowna, Campbell River and Prince George—were selected to develop a one-stop shop for youth to access primary care, mental health care, addictions support and social services.  All sites are now in development […]

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An urgent health, social and economic challenge is responding to the risks and impacts of mental and substance use disorders for young people. The result has been to stimulate innovative system reforms internationally to provide better care for the unique mental health needs of young people. Similar innovative approaches are necessary in youth mental health […]

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The Homeless Youth network (RIPAJ) of downtown Montreal, held its official opening November 9, 2016.  RIPAJ is one of 12 pan-Canadian ACCESS Open Minds integrated youth service (IYS) sites. The opening took place at Dans La Rue, one of the many community service sites in Montreal that deal with youth in high risk situations of homelessness and mental […]

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The annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research recognizes a Canadian researcher in the area of psychiatry-with a focus on major mental disorders- who is mid-career and is making outstanding contributions to the field. The award honours the life and achievements of Dr. Samarthji Lal, psychiatrist and researcher. Dr. Samarthji Lal The Dr. […]

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The Alliance is a collaborative of the largest and most innovative mental health research funders from around the world http://iamhrf.org/. The international funders (IAMHRF) held their 2016 Annual Meeting on October 24th and 25th at the National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome, Italy. The event was hosted by Prof. Walter Ricciardi, President. Among the guest […]

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