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Working With the Client Who is Suicidal: A Tool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

Working With the Client Who is Suicidal: A Tool for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services provides an overview of recommended practices in assessing and treating suicidal behaviour in adults.

This document is consistent with the goals identified in the Blueprint for a Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy, developed by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in 2004. Specifically, this document responds to the following goals as identified by CASP: to increase training for key gatekeepers, volunteers, and professionals regarding recognition of risk factors, warning signs and at-risk behaviours; to provide effective interventions; and to develop and promote effective clinical and professional practice to support clients, families and communities.

Document type: 
Report

Mental Disorder, Substance Use and Criminal Justice Contact

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005
Abstract: 

In May 2003, the Minister of State for Mental Health brought together representatives from Ministry of Health Services (MOHS), Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Ministry of Attorney General (MAG) and the Ministry for Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG) to address the prevalence of people with mental and substance use disorders who are involved in the justice system. The result was a cross-ministry commitment to develop a report about mentally disordered offenders in the justice system in order to identify the high priority and long-term issues for this population and provide recommendations to address these concerns. The many challenges associated with mental health, substance use and the justice system are recognized world wide, and a number of reforms are underway in different jurisdictions. Invariably, these reforms reflect a combination of local needs, resources, legislation and a consideration of available evidence. A critical first step in the process of reform is careful review of available information. In British Columbia, the provincial government has formed an interministerial steering committee, with research support provided through the University of British Columbia. The UBC team, in collaboration with other experts in Canada and abroad, collected and analysed information in the following formats: Literature Review: A scholarly review of the international literature. To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive review available of the professional literature pertaining to mental disorders, substance use disorders and criminal justice contact. Survey of Other Jurisdictions: A survey highlighting areas of need and opportunities for reform in jurisdictions across Canada and elsewhere. BC Data Analysis: A report examining the administrative data for addressing mental illness and substance use in relation to the justice system in BC. These analyses are based on an unprecedented linkage of administrative information concerning corrections and health services for the population. In 1999/2000, there were 52,000 individuals (43,859 adults and 8,234 youth) involved with the provincial corrections system. Almost 15,000 (29 percent) of the total cohort were classified as mentally disordered offenders. The prevalence rate is nearly twice the rate for the general British Columbia population.

 

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Report

Early Identification of Psychosis: A Primer

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

This document is an educational resource concerning the early identification of psychosis. Primary topics addressed include: an outline of the importance of early intervention; signs and symptoms of psychosis; and strategies for recognizing psychosis.

 

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Report

Early Psychosis Guide for Physicians

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Two booklets were developed as educational resources for professionals who are in a position to assess and treat individuals with early psychosis. Both booklets are similar in content and include information on first-episode psychosis, assessment issues and treatment strategies.

Document type: 
Report

Early Psychosis Guide for Mental Health Clinicians

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999
Abstract: 

Two booklets were developed as educational resources for professionals who are in a position to assess and treat individuals with early psychosis. Both booklets are similar in content and include information on first-episode psychosis, assessment issues and treatment strategies.

Document type: 
Report

Minimizing Damage - Maximizing Outcomes

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
Abstract: 

This brochure was produced in 1999-2000 as part of the Early Psychosis Initiative. It is an information tool designed to help educate health practitioners, mental health professionals and the general public on the importance of early intervention and effective treatments for people suffering from psychosis. It is available below and may be downloaded and modified for use by individual health regions.

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Report

Corrections, Health, and Human Services: Evidence-based Planning and Evaluation

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2008
Abstract: 

This report is the product of an Inter-Ministry initiative within British Columbia's Provincial Government, and is designed to promote integrated planning, delivery, and evaluation of services to reduce the risk that people with substance use and mental disorders become unnecessarily involved with the corrections system.

The BC ministries partnered in this project include the BC Ministry of Health, BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and the BC Ministry of Employment & Income Assistance.

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Report
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Telehealth Handbook

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Abstract: 

The Centre for Telehealth (CT@M) Handbook is a resource for the growing number of people working in the field of telehealth, with a particular focus on applications in the area of mental health and addictions. It is intended to provide Site Coordinators and others with practical information, guidelines, and forms for clinical and evaluation purposes.

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Aboriginal Mental Health - What Works Best

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
Abstract: 

In July 1999, the first meeting of the Aboriginal Mental Health Committee was held at the Longhouse, UBC . This discussion paper represents the discussions of the Committee's working group based on their viewpoints and the literature available in the area of Aboriginal Mental Heath, including information from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITC) Environmental Scan (Federal) and the Royal Commission Reports on Aboriginal Peoples. The paper is intended for distribution across the province for input in focus group format.

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Report
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Electroconvulsive Therapy - Guidelines for Health Authorities in British Columbia

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

The purpose of these guidelines for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT Guidelines) is to standardize the delivery of electroconvulsive therapy services across British Columbia. There will be differences in the way care is delivered according to local resources, but good basic care must be available wherever ECT is provided.

These guidelines cover patient and family education, clinical applications of ECT by physicians, nurses, and anesthetists, as well as suggestions for charting, professional education, and quality assurance programs.

Disclaimer: This document appears here with permission from the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the BC Ministry of Health. The material is only current to the date of initial publication. New, more accurate, information may be available. For completeness, please investigate the most recent details on this topic.

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