CBC Radio – The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.   One in five Canadians has a mental illness. Getting help is often a long slog and children in particular are left waiting too long for help. That’s why a coalition of national mental health organizations are calling on the Canadian government to immediately commit more resources to battling […]

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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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Link to article in Macleans by Patricia Treble How the royals are bringing pressing youth mental health issues to centre stage, one dorky headband at a time. The electric blue headbands were deliberately dorky, designed to spark a conversation. That’s why the three royal musketeers—Prince William, his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry—donned them last May. In […]

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The Neuro’s director, Dr. Guy Rouleau, has received yet another honour in recognition of his sterling scientific career. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced on Sept. 7 that its members had elected Dr. Rouleau as one of its new Fellows. He joins a currently active membership of more than 2,000 highly distinguished scientists, scholars and artists […]

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In close collaboration with ACCESS Open Minds, GBF began working with policy makers and community service providers in selected provinces in 2014 to develop provincial systems of care for youth from 12-25 years of age that focus on prevention and early intervention.   Inspired by the Australian headspace model and the Irish Jigsaw programme, the goal […]

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The value of reporting valid and reliable performance indicators for Canadian mental health services has been widely acknowledged. Health indicators support health authorities and facilities as they monitor the health of their populations and track how well their health systems function. Relevant, accurate and timely performance information is critical for improving performance of health systems. In September 2015, GBF  initiated a […]

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The Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) has been supporting the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) to improve access to mental health, substance abuse and primary care for youth and young adults across British Columbia. BC is the first major provincial project to develop IYS. The BC-IYSI will support communities to establish youth-friendly, integrated, health […]

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