The Research Exchange Group on Mental Health was established in Fall 2012 to provide a forum where researchers, policy makers, students, clinicians and community members can gather to discuss mental health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The overall goals of the Research Exchange Group on Mental Health are:
- to foster research collaboration on topics related to mental health across a range of academic disciplines;
- to enable group members to network and connect with others who share their interest in mental health issues; and
- to work towards developing a greater overall capacity to conduct research on mental health issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The co-conveners of this group are Dr. Shelly Birnie Lefcovitch, professor at Memorial University's School of Social Work, and Mr. John Abbott, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, NL.
Please mark your calendars for the following meetings of the Research Exchange Group on Mental Health for Fall 2020:
October 14, 2020 at 3:00pm | Towards Recovery: Progress Report and Research Potential |Niki Legge, Director of Mental Health & Addictions Services, Department of Health & Community Services, Government NL | Progress update and group discussion about research potential arising from the implementation of the findings from the province’s All-Party Committee report on mental health and addictions, Towards Recovery.
November 3, 2020 at 3:00pm| Evaluating mental health and addictions services and service access in NL from the perspectives of people with lived experience | John Abbott, CEO, CMHA-NL| This discussion will provide an overview of a current reporting project being undertaken by Canadian Mental Health Association of NL to produce regular public reports that will benchmark and provide comment on the state of mental health and addictions and related services in NL. While there is a growing body of research data on the NL mental health and healthcare system, most provincial reports are written from the health system’s perspective. The CMHA-NL hopes to address what is missing— reporting by a third party independent of government and written from the perspectives of the community sector and people with lived experience.
December 1, 2020 at 3:00pm| On the Move Research: Mental Health and Mobile Workers |Dr. Barb Neis, On the Move Partnership and Jackie Manuel, NL Construction Safety Association| A wide range of people are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, new workers and those near retirement. From hours-long daily commutes, to travel that takes workers away from home for days, weeks, months and even years; from mobility within work (truck driving, shipping and others) to mobility to get to and from work – the types of worker mobility are many and changing. The On the Move Partnership is a multi-year national scale research program with international links, investigating employment-related geographical mobility and its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments. This talk will focus on the mental health impacts of mobile work on workers and their families and highlight the leadership being shown by the NL Construction Association in this area.
- March 9, 2020 | 12:30pm NST | Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) on programs and funding opportunities for research on mental health |Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is a national, charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of the 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. They do this by advancing evidence-based mental health research that is problem-solving, cost-effective and usable in the real world. Akela Peoples, CEO, will present.
- January 28, 2020 |Joshua Smee, Choices for Youth will present Thinking Well: Post-Secondary Student Mental Wellness in Newfoundland and Labrador
October 22, 2019 | 12:30pm |Home to Stay | Stella’s Circle aims to facilitate full participation in the community by helping people overcome barriers such as mental health and addictions issues, homelessness, and poverty, transforming lives through Real Homes, Real Help, and Real Work. At this special presentation, Dr. Colleen Hanrahan, community researcher, along with Lisa Browne, CEO, and Karen Noel, Director of Property and Development, Stella’s Circle, discussed the recent project, Home to Stay that addressed interventions required to prevent homelessness among seniors with complex mental health needs, supporting their ability to age in place. The presentation included information about a home modification pilot project, a Home Modification and Community Supports Toolkit and a new social enterprise, all with the goal to have seniors with complex mental health and addictions issues age within their communities.
April 30, 2019 at 10:30am: Reducing the Incidence of Suicide among Indigenous Peoples Worldwide: Local Evidence for a Global Goal| Nathaniel Pollock, Graduate Student in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University| Suicide is a complex phenomenon that arises from a combination of biological, psychological, socio-economic, environmental, and historical factors. In Labrador, as in many regions across the circumpolar North, Indigenous communities have experienced elevated suicide rates for more than 30 years. In response, suicide prevention has become a leading public health priority for communities, healthy systems, and governments. This presentation discussed recent studies on suicide from a collaborative research project in Labrador that examined the incidence of suicide among Indigenous populations locally and globally.
- May 10, 2019 at 12:430pm Motherhood Experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador: A survey to inform public policy | At this presentation, Shannon Bedford and Emily Saunders shared results of a large survey of motherhood that was undertaken as their PsyD research project at Memorial, focused primarily on the experience of mothers here in the province. The survey looked at demographic differences between urban and rural mothers, mothers who have a partner who works away (mobile relationships), satisfaction with healthcare services, and other factors. Shannon will present a "demographic portrait" of motherhood here in the province that is intended to validate the lived experience of mothers in informing public policy. Emily will co-present the results of her analysis of those results related specifically to access to healthcare services
- March 28, 2019 at 10:30am: Drs. Kerri-Leigh Cassidy and Dallas Seitz of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry will present an overview of the CAGP's programs and initiatives to support seniors' mental health in Canada.
- October 31 2018 |Kaila deBoer, Director of Mental Wellness and Healing on Mental Wellness and Related Services being offered by the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development- co-hosted by the Research Exchange Group on Rural, Northern, and Aboriginal Health
- January 18, 2018 | Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Suicide Prevention Initiatives | Karla Thorpe of MHCC
- February 20, 2018 | Research on Resilience from the Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance with John R. Sylliboy. The Alliance aims to conduct research that will inform the development of supports for mental health and resilience, suicide prevention, Two Spirit cultural identity and awareness. The document resulting from this research will be used to heighten awareness and increase knowledge sharing among Aboriginal communities, tribal organizations, First Nations education institutions and the public at large.
- May 15, 2018 | Video Gaming Addictions with Dr. Nick Harris
- October 4, 2017 | Aging in Community: Perceptions from Stella’s Circle |The results of a study of persons who have complex needs who are aging in community with Colleen Hanrahan, JD, PhD, Keri Chambers and Lisa Browne of Stella's Circle
- November 21, 2017 | Right Here, Right Now: A Women's Centered, Trauma Informed Drop-In Counselling Initiative Dr. Catherine de Boer, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and member of the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Status of Women Council presented (Link to Program Evaluation Report)
- April 18, 2017 | Colleen Simms, Department of Health & Community Services: Findings from the All Party Committee on Mental Health in NL
- November 10, 2016 | Bridging the Divide - Nutrition and Mental Health Research Priorities in Canada
- October 24, 2016 | Dr. Colleen Hanrahan "Informing public policy development through research; investigating who should be in charge of mental health services in prisons."
- March 19, 2016 | Mark Gruchy, Canadian Mental Health Association NL President and Independent mental health columnist spoke about the CC4MH initiative—the Community Coalition for Mental Health http://theindependent.ca/2014/10/18/fixing-nls-broken-mental-healthcare-system/#sthash.esE7U8W6.dpuf
- March 4, 2016 | The Growing Epidemic of Adolescent Mental Illness: Is It Real? Can It Be Prevented?" | Dr. Ian Coleman, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) Mental Health Epidemiology, University of Ottawa
- February 24, 2016 | Think Twice: CMHA Program for Challenging Mental Health Stigma in High Schools | Grant Fitzpatrick, Education Facilitator with Canadian Mental Health Association, NL Division
- October 27, 2015 | A Presentation on Mental Health & Addictions Emergency Services at Eastern Health
- May 28, 2015 | Innovating Online with Stepped Care: Towards a more sustainable model of mental healthcare delivery | Dr. Peter Cornish, Associate Professor and Director, Memorial University Counselling Centre provided an overview of a stepped care model based on an innovative mental health model developed in the UK which promises rapid access for face-to-face intake from mental health services within a primary care setting, followed by a systematic triage and monitoring system.
- May 8, 2015 | NLCHI resources for Mental Health Researchers | Michele Butler and Kerry LeFresne provided an overview of data sources available to researchers through the NL Centre for Health Information.
- April 7, 2015 | Lisa Zigler, MSW RSW, Project Coordinator spoke about Navigators and Networks (NAVNET). Navigators and Networks, an initiative to address system barriers affecting individuals with multiple and complex needs in St. John’s. http://navnetnl.ca/ | Presentation on NAVNET by Lisa Zigler
- December 3, 2014 | Challenges to Recovery in Early Psychosis: Implications of Recovery Rate and Timing with Dr. Joy Maddigan and Dr. Kellie LeDrew of Eastern Health
- October 31, 2014 | Nicole Snow on Community Treatment Orders: preliminary results only--presentation not available
- May 15, 2014 | Heather Hynes of Central Health: “Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project at Central Health: Mental Health in the Workplace.”
- April 15, 2014 | Sally Payne, Memorial University: An Introduction to The Social-Clinical Interface and its Relevance to Stigma and Bias in Mental Health
- March 15, 2014 | Dr. Chava Finkler on Housing and Mental Health