Research Links

National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2013. This Standard specifies requirements for a documented and systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace, and provides a framework to create and continually improve a psychologically healthy and safe workplace, including a) the identification and elimination of hazards in the workplace that pose a risk of psychological harm to a worker; b) the assessment and control of the risks in the workplace associated with hazards that cannot be eliminated; c) implementing structures and practices that support and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace; and d) fostering a culture that promotes psychological health and safety in the workplace.  News Release | Standard

Prevention and mental health programs in the workplace, and the tremendous return on saving just ONE LIFE.

Benefits Canada, ROI of One Life series, 2012. This report sets out practical, cost-effective measures to reduce the incidence and impact of physical and mental illnesses in the workplace, focusing on the use of existing tools and resources. Link to website | Link to Report

Jump in calls to EAP from federal public sector following cuts announced in March budget.

Canadian HR Reporter. Oct 27, 2012 edition. Article on Employee Assistance Program and mental health in the workplace. Article

Mental health: Start talking to stop stigma.

Luke Hendry/The Intelligencer/QMI Agency. Larry Laws, executive director of the Mental Health Support Network of South Eastern Ontario, displays herd of foam-rubber Stigma elephants at the network’s office to help start discussions about mental illness.  [Article // PDF]

The Hurting Profession: Lawyers in Crisis.

National, Apr-May 2012 edition.  Canadian Law Association. Lawyers are becoming stressed sick and succumbing to depression, addictions and burnout. Article (PDF)

Support for principles to guide transformation of the health care system gathers steam as patient groups sign on.

Jan 13, 2012. CMA announces that 14 patient advocacy groups have endorsed the joint CMA-CNA principles to guide the transformation of the health care system. MDSC participlated in this New Release // Report.

Voices into Action:  Report on the National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation.

The Canadian Medical Association embarked on a national public dialogue — online and at a series of six forums held in partnership with Maclean’s, L’actualité and CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel. The goal was to engage as many people as possible in an open discussion of what Canadians envision for our health care system and how to achieve this. News Release // Report

Start Over Again.

Emily Maquire. London, UK. 2010. Singer/songwriter Emily Maquire tells the story behind her songs… her journeys into psychosis and depression and the hope and poetic beauty that emerge from the other side. Based on the verses of her song ‘Start Over Again’ (from her album ‘Believer’), this selection of Emily’s poetry, prose, song lyrics and personal diary entries offers a rare and unique insight into the creativity of a manic depressive mind. Link to Book & Video Clip

After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity.

Susan Inman. 2010. Bridgeross Communications. Susan Inman’s memoir describes her family’s nine-year journey to help her younger daughter recover from a catastrophic schizoaffective disorder. Link to publisher’s site.

My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery From Mental Illness.

Sandra Yuen MacKay. 2010 Bridgeross Communications. Early in her life, Sandra started to exhibit the typical symptoms of this disease, which came as a surprise to her unsuspecting family. Her book chronicles Sandra’s struggles, hospitalizations, encounters with professionals, return to school, eventual marriage, and success as an artist, writer and advocate. Link to publisher’s site.

8 Signs You May Be Suffering From Depression.

Zoe Cormier. (Oct 2010). Best Health. Though we may shy away from the topic, depression is a real mental health issue that will affect many Canadians in their lifetime. Here are eight signs that you might be suffering from depression. Article.

Workshop on Ending Stigma and Discrimination, and Achieving Parity in Mental Health: A Physician Perspective.

The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Paediatric Society (Dec 2010). The report documents an invitational workshop to build shared understanding among physicians about the sources of stigma in the health care system, and recommend action to end stigma and discrimination and achieve parity in mental health. Read more…

Bipolar disorder and violent crime:  New evidence from population-based longitudinal studies and systematic review.

Fazel, S. Lichtenstein, S. Grann, M. Goodwin, G. & Langstrom, N. (Sept 2010). Archives of General Psychiatry.  A new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet suggests that bipolar disorder — or manic-depressive disorder — does not increase the risk of committing violent crime. Instead, the over-representation of individuals with bipolar disorder in violent crime statistics is almost entirely attributable to concurrent substance abuse. Read more

Stigma Survey.

GAMIAN Europe (2006 & 2010). In 2006 GAMIAN-Europe undertook an extensive pan-European survey on stigma and empowerment involving 20 countries across geographical Europe . A follow up survey in Europe is being conducted for 2010 to see if there has been any evolution in the last 5 years. 2006 Results

How Do Canadians Rate the Health Care System?

Health Council of Canada (Nov 2010). The bulletin shows that of all the countries surveyed, Canadians have the greatest difficulty when it comes to access to care in the evenings, weekends, and on holidays – anywhere other than the emergency room. Other areas where Canada did not fare well, compared to international counterparts, were around timely access to medical appointments and coordination of care. Link to Website

Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A 10-year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use With a Focus on Prevention of Problems, Early Intervention, Treatment and Sustainability.

Government of BC (Nov 2010). Read more… (Summary) / (Full Report

Presence and Predictors of Pain in Depression: Results from the FINDER Study.

 Demyttenaere, K. et al (Sept 2010). Journal of Affective Disorders.  Issues 1 -3, pg 53 – 60. A six-month study of the quality of life of 3468 outpatients diagnosed with depression showed that 56.3% experienced moderate to severe pain and 53.6% had moderate to severe-related interference with their day-to-day functioning. At six-months follow-up after treatment, 32.5% and 28.1% respectively were still experiencing pain. It was also found that older patients, those unemployed or those with a longer history of depression had a higher incidence of pain.  Read more…

Navigating the journey to wellness: The comprehensive mental health and addictions action plan for Ontarians. Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. (Aug. 2010). 

The report offers 23 recommendations with the key one being: “A new umbrella organization—Mental Health and Addictions Ontario (MHAO), responsible to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care—should be created to ensure that a single body is responsible for designing, managing, and coordinating the mental health and addictions system, and that programs and services are delivered consistently and comprehensively across Ontario.”  Read more