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Emergency Mental Health Educational Manual

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

This manual contains the core information necessary for healthcare providers and frontline responders to work within the context of mental health emergencies. Key topics include: management of psychiatric emergencies, psychopharmacology in emergency psychiatry, emergency management of substance abuse related disorders, the confused older adult in the emergency department, legal guidelines, suicide risk assessments, aggressive behaviour risk assessments, and how to understand developmental issues when working with individuals with personality disorders.

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Report
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Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

In August 2006, the BC Ministry of Health – Mental Health and Addictions Branch asked the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University to provide up-to-date information with regard to the scope of homelessness in BC, recommended solutions and associated costs. CARMHA drew upon diverse sources of information including published literature, academic experts, decision-makers and key informants throughout BC in order to generate answers to some of the most pressing questions regarding the needs of this population. We hope that this report will provide the basis for constructive action to deal with the overlapping problems of homelessness and severe addictions and/or mental illness.

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Report
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Housing for People with Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders: Summary of Literature and Annotated Bibliography

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Researchers at the Centre for Applied Research on Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) were contracted by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to compile a brief, annotated bibliography focussing on the provision of housing for people with substance use and co-occurring mental disorders. A comprehensive literature review was completed. The list of publications and search methods are attached. The initial list was culled to extract those manuscripts with the greatest relevance. An expert panel reviewed each of the selected manuscripts and reached consensus on the major conclusions, implications, and quality of each paper. Finally, a brief synopsis of findings was produced.

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Report
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Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

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

Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, is a useful tool for assessment and management of suicidality for providers without a mental health background, including those that may be working in an acute care/emergency setting.

Task One: ASSESS

  • Assess current suicidal ideation
  • Obtain details if there is a suicidal plan
  • Gather details on current and previous attempts
  • Obtain information on psychiatric and other history
  • Conduct mental status examination

Task Two: ADVISE

  • Provide meaning and support
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Provide Information
  • Follow-up
  • Communicate with families/ significant other(s)
  • When to make a specialist referral
Document type: 
Report

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide

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

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide, is a guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide.

This resource was developed by the Suicide Response Initiative of the Calgary Health Region, with support from the Alberta Mental Health Board, and adapted by CARMHA with permission for use in BC.

CONTENTS

When Someone You Love Dies By Suicide: Emotional reactions to a suicide are intense and overwhelming. Knowing what to expect will help you cope.

Practical Matters: Information about arranging a funeral and dealing with legal and financial matters is provided.

Working Through the Grief: Provides information, instruction and advice concerning active steps the depressed worker can take to improve self-care, facilitate functioning, and address workplace issues.

Other Resources:  Important emergency and mental health phone numbers, as well as well as survivor support resources and organizations are listed.  Suicide survivors have found these organizations, websites and books to be especially helpful.  For other resources, ask at your public library, local mental health organizations and regional health authority.

Beyond Surviving:  Suggestions for survivors are offered to help them move beyond surviving.

Document type: 
Report

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

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

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts is intended for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or have had a plan or made an attempt to hurt themselves. The document is designed to offer resources, information, support, and practical steps to help cope with suicidality.

Document type: 
Report

End of Life in Dementia Care: Research Evidence to Support the Provincial Dementia Service Framework

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

 

As the population of British Columbia continues to age, an increasingly large proportion is anticipated to require services and supports as a result of various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health problems that affect the elderly.

While dementia is usually recognized in the later stages of the illness, research and best practices have demonstrated that early intervention strategies delay the onset of dementia or slow its progression, improving the quality of life for older British  Columbians and their families. Comprehensive, integrated services across the continuum of care that address individual unmet needs over the course of the disease are fundamental to optimal health outcomes not only for patients with dementia, but also for their families and caregivers. The Ministry of Health, health authorities and leading experts are working in partnership to develop a Provincial Service Framework for Dementia, which includes evidence-based best practices as well as patient and provider experiences to improve service delivery across provider levels and throughout the course of the disease.   This project provides applied research activities to support the development of a Framework that, once completed, will support health authorities in the development and implementation of dementia strategies.The initial stage of the project focused on summarizing evidence on best and emerging practices related to managing end-of-life issues for seniors with dementia and other mental health problems.  The recommendations of the End of Life Research Report have been incorporated into the Dementia Service Framework.

Document type: 
Report

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Core Information Document

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

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) holds a unique status in the field of mental health – CBT is effective for many psychological problems, is relatively brief, and is well received by individuals. A large volume of research has been published regarding CBT, including a number of well-designed studies involving people in “real world” clinical settings. Yet despite this large base of evidence, information about CBT has not been well communicated to consumers, families, and providers of health care. Consequently, CBT is not being used as extensively as the research would warrant. Many individuals (consumers, families, and professionals alike) are unaware of the effectiveness of CBT for different problems. There is additional uncertainty about the effectiveness of different formats of CBT (for example, individual, group or self-help formats), who can provide CBT, how to access their services, and other treatments with which CBT is used (for example, the use of medication and CBT together). This Core Information Document has been assembled for the benefit of individuals, families and service providers interested in a broad summary of information relating to CBT and its effectiveness.

Document type: 
Report

Depression & Work Function: Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health Care & the Workplace

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

Depression is rapidly emerging as both a public health and occupational health challenge. This document reviews many of the current clinical and workplace issues associated with this complex disorder and provides a framework for an integrated and comprehensive approach to managing depression in the workplace. In an effort to catalyze action, the report strives to maintain a practical perspective that will appeal to the many stakeholders who must collaborate to create a psychologically healthy workplace. This paper examines clinical and occupational best practices, recommends a systematic array of potential interventions, and identifies numerous resources to assist organizations to develop a customized response that meets their unique needs.

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