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Backgrounders

Documents in this section offer overviews and background information in the area of public policy, public issues and the delivery of services and supports relevant to mental health and mental illness.

September 26, 2008 Knowledge Exchange: A Framework for Action by the Canadian Mental Health Association

Research and practice often operate fairly independently from one another. The recent interest in knowledge transfer and exchange in mental health can be understood as a response to the gap between research information and action on that information by policy makers, decision makers, and providers. It is an attempt to ensure that research outcomes can improve the system, and ultimately enhance the delivery of services and supports on the ground.

There is no doubt that a gap exists between research and practice, and that it has to be bridged. Nor is there any question that the service system could use improving. But it is important to remember that knowledge exchange is not a one-way street, and that recipients of knowledge in one context may be the producers of knowledge in another.

January 1, 2004 Caregiver Support and Mental Health

This backgrounder on caregiver support was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Housing, Health and Mental Health

This housing backgrounder was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Citizens for Mental Health project: a two year project which came to a close in May 2004. The project goal was to enhance the capacity of the voluntary sector to engage in federal level policy initiatives related to mental health. Through a series of consultations with a range of voluntary sector organizations, housing was identified as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community.

April 30, 2003 Income Security, Health and Mental Health

This income security backgrounder was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Citizens for Mental Health project: a two year project which came to a close in May 2004. The project goal was to enhance the capacity of the voluntary sector to engage in federal level policy initiatives related to mental health. Through a series of consultations with a range of voluntary sector organizations, income security was identified as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community.

April 30, 2003 Justice: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on justice was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Social Union Framework: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on the social union framework was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Home Care: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on home care was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on immigrant & refugee mental healtwas created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 30, 2003 Backgrounder: A Framework for Support

This backgrounder on CMHA’s Framework for Support model was created for the Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

April 1, 2003 Mental Illness in Canada: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on mental illness in Canada was created for the CMHA’s Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.