Mental Health

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.

List of Memorial University researchers on mental health issues

2020 Meetings

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.

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