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PSSP works with primary care to help people say “when” to alcohol

TORONTO, November 16, 2016 - The Saying When mobile application was developed by CAMH Education to help people take charge of how much and when they drink alcohol. The app, based on the work of Dr. Martha Sanchez-Craig, is now available on Android devices through funding from the Slaight Centre for Youth in Transition.

When first released, the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) played a central role in to promote the app via Ontario’s Public Health System. Through webinars, posters and a public health campaign, PSSP worked with all 36 Public Health Units to promote awareness of this knowledge exchange tool to support minimizing harms related to alcohol at the local level.

“The collaboration between Education and PSSP is a nice example of bringing our strengths to the table,” says Andrew Johnson, Manager, Patient and Family Education. “While Education can make innovative products, we need the support of our colleagues and their community partners to raise awareness through thoughtful knowledge exchange.”

Now PSSP is working to bring the app to a primary care setting, most recently presenting at the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario conference. It is a timely effort; supporting the Ontario government’s announcement to develop a comprehensive, province wide Alcohol Policy and the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.

Saying When poster
“The great thing is this it’s a population health tool,” says Tamar Meyer, Supervisor of PSSP’s Health Promotion Resource Centre and Opioid Resource Hub. “It can support everyone to think about how much, why and when they drink alcohol.”

While the app could support lower risk drinking guidelines for anyone who chooses to use it, there is potential to look at specific populations in the future. Post-secondary institutions, for example, could look at rolling the app into a Frosh week package for incoming students.

Click here to learn more about the “Saying When” app.

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