Quick access to mental health information
Learn practical, evidence-based information for supporting patients and treating mental health and addictions. Topics are organized to help professionals make informed decisions about mental health care. Many of these topics were developed from Psychiatry in Primary Care, 2nd edition, but resources listed here may be relevant to multiple disciplines.
Canadian Opioid Use Disorder Guideline
Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis, making it important to disseminate standardized approaches and evidence-based recommendations for managing opioid use disorder. Opioid Agonist Therapy: A Synthesis of Canadian Guidelines for Treating Opioid Use Disorder is a national clinical guideline that harmonizes existing guidelines, evidence-based practices and expert opinions into one document, with the aim of providing consistent and high-quality care to people with opioid use disorder.
Perinatal Mental Health
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders arise during pregnancy or in the first year postpartum. They affect between 10 and 20 percent of pregnant women and new mothers, and the non-child-bearing parent can experience problems as well. Particularly for women who have had a mental illness, whether during their reproductive years or not, getting help is essential because relapse is common at this life stage.
Learn more about treating conditions and disorders:
- Adult ADHD
- Anxiety Disorders
- Disability and insurance claims in primary care
- Eating Disorders
- Fundamentals of Addiction
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Smoking Cessation
- Suicide Risk
The Art of the Brief Psychiatric Interview
Primary care practitioners are in an ideal position to get at mental health problems because they have a long-term relationship with their patients. A well-conducted brief psychiatric interview allows primary care practitioners to detect mental health problems in a timely manner. Read the excerpt from Psychiatry in Primary Care.
Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor at CAMH and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, demonstrates how to properly conduct psychiatric interviews with simulation expert Nancy McNaughton in the Art of the Brief Psychiatric Interview video series.
Psychiatry in Primary Care
Psychiatry in Primary Care: A Concise Canadian Pocket Guide is a comprehensive, practical resource designed to support the work of primary care providers who encounter mental health problems in their everyday practice.
This expanded and updated second edition reflects the latest evidence, using a “just the pearls” approach to providing clinically tested guidance on detecting and managing mental health problems within the primary care context. With contributions from more than 40 experts across Canada, this guide features useful tools, established diagnostic criteria and treatment options, including pharmacotherapy and psychological approaches. Topics range from depression, substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder to disability and insurance claims. This edition also reflects evolving technology, with extensive lists of web-based resources and apps that primary care practitioners can use and share with their patients to complement treatment.