Research Papers & Reports

Why MDSC? Leadership: PTSD/Trauma in Canada. Why the Need for Sustained Leadership in Canada?

Research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders in Canada have been fragmented to say the least. As a result, the demonstrated need to effectively advance the clinical care and social welfare of Canadians and their families who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD has been lacking.(PDF)

Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, Promotion and Guidances to Staged Implementation. 2013.

MDSC supports the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s voluntary standard to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy work environments for their employees. (PDF)

Health care transformation: Change that Works. Care that Lasts. Sept 2010.

MDSC supports the Canadian Medical Association’s call for each province and territory to implement a Patient Charter, within a national framework, to provide accountability to patients. MDSC was involved in stakeholder meetings assisting the CMA develop a Charter for Patient-Centred Care. MDSC supports using this Charter to as a model for enhanced efforts to make the system more accountable to those who matter most: patients.Factsheet (PDF)

Building Bridges (Phase 2) – A Pathway to Cultural Safety, MDSC & NMHAC. November 2010 

Building Bridges is a joint project of Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada, which received funding support from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. Launched May 2009, Phase 2 builds on the work of  the Phase 1 Symposium  held November 2007 (see Phase 1 posting below). The aim of Phase 2 was to develop: 1) a national agenda for research on cultural safety and cultural competence, and 2) a national strategic framework for improving culturally and linguistically competent and safe services in mental health care for mental health consumers and Aboriginal peoples. Phase 2 also focused on investigating and determining which cultural and social institutions need to be restored or re-built in order to accommodate cultural safety. Read more about the project and the results of the forums conducted in communities across Canada.  Final Report (English PDF);  Schedules A – E (English PDF).

Brief to the Canadian Agency for Drug and Technologies in Health (CADTH), January 2010

Ensuring Meaningful Patient Input – Response to request for stakeholder feedback on Patient Group Input guidelines and template from the Canadian Agency for Drug and Technologies in Health (CADTH).  Read more…(PDF English)

Stigma research and anti-stigma programs:  From the point of view of people who live with stigma and discrimination everyday. March 2009

This paper examines the contributions and limits of stigma research. It reviews and comments on the findings from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s Stigma Research Workshop in October 2006 and presents further MDSC thoughts and activities.  It then documents national and international anti-stigma activities since that time and offers a series of recommendations for forward movement.  It asks the question:  What progress have we made?  Read more… (PDF English)

Frequency and Correlates of Gambling Problems in Depressed and Bipolar Outpatients, MDSC. March 2008

Problem and pathological gambling are becoming a major public health issue in Canada. Higher rates of psychiatric co morbidities, most notably bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder have been reported in populations of problem and pathological gamblers. While it has also been shown that gamblers tend to exhibit negative mood symptoms, the temporal relationship between the two has not been clearly delineated.  Read more…  (PDF English)

Building Bridges (Phase 1) Symposium Report, MDSC & NMHAC. November 2007

Over the past several years, leaders from the Native Mental Health Association of Canada and the Mood Disorders Society of Canada identified many similarities between the history and experiences of mental health consumers and Aboriginal people. These included social marginalization, stigma and discrimination, and a higher prevalence of traumatic experiences. It was recognized that these issues were related in turn to higher rates of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, over-representation in the criminal justice system, suicide and poor health outcomes. As a result there were a number of common themes which emerged including racism in all its forms, social exclusion along with historic geographic and financial barriers to accessing services. Read more…  (PDF English)

Stigma and discrimination – as expressed by mental health professionals, MDSC. November 2007

Anecdotal reports of consumer and family experiences of stigma and discrimination are numerous. At the Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s (MDSC) October, 2006 Stigma Research Workshop (supported by the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada) the focus was on identifying top research priorities. Read more…  (PDF English)

Invitational Exploratory Roundtable Patient Waits in Emergency Departments: Mental Health, MDSC. October 2007

Overcrowding in Canadian Emergency Departments (EDs) is of general and widespread concern. Psychiatric emergencies are a contributing factor. It has been established that EDs are experiencing more and more complex psychiatric emergencies. This form of emergency arises out of a complex set of circumstances that begin and end far from the ED door. This paper provides a discussion of wait times for psychiatric clients in EDs within the context of the whole public health care system.  Read more…  (PDF English)

Proceedings report: Invitational Exploratory