Building on this work, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, with support from the Graham Boeckh Foundation, are launching up to 15 integrated service hubs to address gaps in youth mental health care. Dr. Henderson is the project lead for Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario.
Additionally, the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition is integrating research into care to ensure young people experiencing psychosis and complex mental illness have access to leading-edge treatment, including non-invasive brain stimulation, virtual reality treatments and Cognitive Adaptation Training.
Since the Centre’s launch in 2015, its centralized recruitment model has helped boost young people’s participation in research, providing approximately 300 young people treatment for depression, schizophrenia and autism through various projects, with another 600 youth participating in other studies.
There’s a general shift in mental health to recognize that youth have expertise that should be valued.
Emma McCann, Youth Engagement Facilitator
CAMH is also collaborating with Indigenous communities to identify effective ways to promote mental wellness among Indigenous peoples. Some of these initiatives, led by CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research scientists Dr. Samantha Wells and Dr. Julie George, as well as Dr. Renee Linklater, include the development of a boys’ and men’s mental health program; a collaboration with five First Nations on the development of wellness strategies informed by local data; a trauma-informed substance use assessment tool for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Ontario; and two studies aimed at better understanding how community strengths, resilience and traditional practices influence wellness.
“We’re working together in a model of intervention research, where we conduct research while also building supports in the community, which is very helpful for Indigenous communities,” says Dr. Linklater, Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach in CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Youth Have a Voice in Projects Aimed at Them
Youth Engagement Facilitators play a role in designing CAMH research projects – all in the name of making sure young people have a voice.