Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Mental Health Training Survey

Hi folks, A BIG thanks to the people who have completed the Mental Health Training Survey! Your feedback is very important and helpful in prioritizing the topics that PAN will develop in future. If you haven’t done so, please do complete this online survey – it only takes about 3 minutes! We will close the survey on… Read more »

Here to Help is a website that provides mental health and substance use issues. Here’s a link to the site where people living with mental health and substance use issues share their stories. My Stories     Questions or comments?  Please email: [email protected] Carlene Dingwall (BA, M.Ed, PhD Candidate) Mental Health, Substance Use and HIV/HCV Initiative 

Gabor Maté has been walking the streets of Downtown Eastside Vancouver providing care to people who are often living in circumstances of severe addiction. Over the years, he has become one of Canada’s leading thinkers on trauma and addictions. In this, he draws on various knowledge systems as he seeks to understand the causes of human suffering and… Read more »

This is Peter A. Levine’s latest work on trauma. Levine hold doctorates in both medical biology and is the founder of “Somatic Experiencing”. He draws on his broad experiences as a clinician, brain researcher, stress scientist, and as a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and… Read more »

Reflections on Trauma

Hi folks, I am just back from a National Aboriginal Health Research Conference and Summer School on Indigenous mental health, held in Montreal. It was my good fortune to meet some of the leaders in the field and discuss where we are at in the research community regarding our growing understanding of trauma and the… Read more »

A Must See: CBC’s “8th Fire”

There’s a new series on CBC called 8th Fire. 8TH Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the ‘8th Fire’ of justice and harmony It is a four-part series that documents and discusses the relationship between Aboriginal people and Canadians. Written,… Read more »

This is a fantastic presentation from the 2012 Ontario Harm Reduction Conference presented by Allison Potts, Concurrent Disorders System Integration Lead at the Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program of Lakeridge Health.  The presentation focusses on the interation between substance use and mental health and the consequences of service providers working in “silos”. Download presentation… Read more »

While looking for information to share on this blog, I came across an absolutely wonderful resource for service providers who are interested in learning more about integrated care.  To be honest, I am not sure how I could have missed it!   The site is by the American Psychological Association, but this section of website focuses… Read more »