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Discovering New Evidence

Discovering New Evidence

High school kids
Discovering New Evidence

McCain Centre projects must:

  • Address a pressing mental health and/or substance use issue affecting children, youth, and/or families;
  • Engage youth, families and service providers in planning and implementation;
  • Involve meaningful collaboration;
  • Have a high likelihood of service or system impact;
  • Include a robust knowledge translation plan; and
  • Be innovative.


Current McCain Centre Projects:

Longitudinal Youth in Transition Study (LYiTS), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Through this research, the McCain Centre hopes to gain a better understanding of how youth (age 16 to 18) with mental illness transition out of child and adolescent health services and to describe the effect transitioning has on their mental health, functioning and health service use. We will articulate enablers and barriers to effective transitions in care, inform service delivery models for this population, and identify opportunities to improve current transition practices.​

TARGet Kids!
TARGet Kids! is a collaboration between CAMH, SickKids and St. Michael’s Hospital and focuses on factors influencing healthy child development, leveraging data gathered through the Ontario Family Health Study. Six hundred children from birth to age five will be tracked to evaluate progress in school readiness, mental health and cardio-metabolic risk.

Evaluating clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of child and youth mental illness
Led by CAMH’s Dr. Brendan Andrade, This project is completing a systematic review of clinical practice guidelines for the assessment, prevention and treatment of children with disruptive behaviour difficulties (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and maladaptive aggression) and will identify the best guidelines in this area. Findings from the systematic review will inform clinicians and agencies of best practice approaches.

Wellness Quest
Wellness Quest is a youth-led research initiative to understand and enhance youth needs for mental health-related knowledge in order to facilitate help-seeking. Youth across Canada identified that youth-friendly information developed by youth and for youth about services for mental health and substance use concerns, as well as other aspects of health and well-being was not sufficiently available. Accordingly, youth leads and the National Youth Action Council developed an online resource to help youth develop their knowledge and self-efficacy for seeking services appropriate for their needs. Adult researchers provide research skills training and mentorship to support project implementation and evaluation.

hCan IMPACT is a collaborative initiative of youth, families, community agencies, primary care partners and hospitals in Toronto, who work together to improve the youth mental health and addiction system.​Through community-based clinics, YouthCan IMPACT is providing young people with the services they need right where they need it – in the community.

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