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Positive Coping with Health Conditions

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

Positive Coping with Health Conditions, A Self-Care Workbook (Dan Bilsker, PhD, RPsych, Joti Samra, PhD, RPsych, Elliot Goldner, MD, FRC(P), MHSc) is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to coping with health conditions.  This manual is designed for individuals who deal with health conditions, including patients, physicians, psychologists, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and researchers.

Document type: 
Report

Relaxation Method Audio

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Abstract: 

Listen to the the Relaxation Method Audio - a three part exercise in releasing tension and relaxation. 18min

Document type: 
Audio
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Relaxation Method Audio

Health Service Patterns Indicate Potential Benefit of Supported Self-Management for Depression in Primary Care

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Objective: To examine health service delivery in a Canadian province (British Columbia) toconsider how Canadian health care services might be developed to best address the large numberof individuals with mildly to moderately severe depressive illnesses.Method: We used provincial administrative data to describe patterns of medical servicesprovided to individuals suffering from depression during 3 different time periods (1991–1992,1995–1996, and 2000–2001) and to determine the frequency with which depression patientsreceive treatment from primary care physicians and psychiatrists. We then used these findings toconsider the feasibility and potential applicability of the various approaches that have beendescribed to decrease the burden of disease related to depression.Results: In the fiscal year 1991–1992, the “treated prevalence” rate was 7.7%; in 1995–1996, itwas 8.7%; and in 2000–2001, it was 9.5%. In each cohort over the 10-year period, theproportion of individuals who received a diagnosis of depression and who were then treated byprimary care physicians alone (no psychiatric services were provided) remained constant at 92%.Conclusions: Supported self-management is identified as a promising intervention that could beintegrated into primary health care within the context of the Canadian health care system. Itconstitutes a feasible and practical approach to enhance the role of family physicians in thedelivery of services to individuals with milder forms of depression and promotes the activeengagement of individuals in their recovery and in prevention of future episodes.

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Article
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Dealing With Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens

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

 

Dealing with Depression is a workbook for teens that explains depression and teaches three main antidepressant skills you can use to help overcome or prevent it. The skills are presented in a step-by-step way so that you may learn them easily and apply them to your life. Sometimes these antidepressant skills can be used on their own, when the mood problem isn't too severe, and sometimes they have to be used along with treatments prescribed by professionals. Either way, practicing these antidepressant skills will help you deal more effectively with low mood and depression.

Document type: 
Report

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

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