Our research projects are creating greater hope for recovery for young people with depression.
• The Clinical Practice Guidelines Project has identified the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines in the U.K. as the best guidelines for young people with depression. It has developed and shared a decision aid and discussed implementation strategies with clinicians and other stakeholders at conferences, workshops and meetings in national and international environments.
• Building on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Project, our Caribou project is providing a clear care pathway for young people with depression. Young people receive collaborative involvement with care providers, and detailed feedback on their progress informs treatment decisions.
• Through the Child and Youth Psychotherapy Experiences Project, the Cundill Centre is working to better understand psychotherapy services in Ontario–as well as what works and what doesn’t–so we can improve them.
•Through the Depression Early Warning Project, Cundill researchers are testing wearable devices that measure biological/behavioural readouts in hopes of identifying relapse risk so it can be prevented.
• In the first randomized controlled trial on suicide prevention in adolescents in Canada, we have involved youth, parents/caregivers and families in an initiative that combines the most successful elements of different suicide prevention interventions.
• In Enhancing Treatment for First Nations Children and Youth, we are evaluating whether the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Well-being Measure, a community-based screening and triage process developed with input from First Nations youth, will help identify at-risk youth earlier so they can access services as quickly as possible.
• In Defining Good Outcome in Child and Youth Depression, the Cundill Centre will define what youth and parents consider to be a good outcome from depression treatment.
• Through the Mapping Psychosocial Screening to Services for Children with Cancer Project, we will determine whether screening children with cancer for depression and providing services to those who present with high scores will decrease their depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress—and improve their coping, quality of life and social support.
• Through the Prevalence and Correlates of Depression in Low- and Medium-Income Countries, we will help create a better understanding of the prevalence and treatment of adolescent depression in these populations, especially in conflict zones.