The Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition invites you to register for its full day of knowledge exchange, learning and fun on November 29.
At “Improving Care through Integration of Research Discovery, Practice Innovation, and the Health System: From Engagement to Outcomes,” the Slaight Centre will share updates from its ongoing work aimed at helping youth and young adults at risk for – or experiencing – severe mental illness.
Visiting speaker will be Dr. Lisa Dixon, Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research & Director, Centre for Practice Innovations, Columbia University. Dr. Dixon is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in service and practice innovation in mental health, including her leadership in OnTrackNY, an initiative dedicated to improving early psychosis care and services across New York. •Date: November 29, 2018
•Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Location: Faculty Club, University Of Toronto
Click here to register. Registration deadline has been extended to November 9.
Knowledge is power. By sharing our knowledge, the Slaight Centre enables youth in transition and their families to gain awareness of mental health issues and play an active part in their extended care. We also share our resources and learning with other mental health and addiction professionals, so we can work together toward a higher overall level of understanding and care in the field.
Thought Spot App
Popular with thousands of college and university-age students looking for help to cope with stress and other mental health needs, the Thought Spot app lets young people plot their favourite spot—a park, recreation centre, library or mental health provider—on a map and share it with others.
Saying When App
Designed for young people who do not have a severe alcohol use disorder but who are concerned about their drinking, the Saying When app allows them to track how much alcohol they consume with a view toward cutting back or quitting.
Education for Families
Evidence shows people with strong family support have the greatest chance for recovery from mental illness. Recognizing the critical role family plays, the Slaight Centre is developing platforms that provide useful, clear and evidence-based information to help in their support role and maintain the gains of treatment.
For example, Dr. Sean Kidd, CAMH clinical psychologist specializing in youth issues, has written, with colleagues, Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia: Practical Strategies for Daily Living. This practical guide for families and other caregivers provides support strategies they can use to help people with the illness to really engage in life–so they can work, study, enjoy their leisure time and form meaningful relationships.
Partnerships are crucial to expanding our service-delivery model and increasing the scale and impact of our research innovation. Through key partnerships within CAMH and the community at large, we are creating an approach to severe mental illness powerful enough to guarantee no young person will fall off the path to a healthy life.
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health
The Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention
The Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute
CAMH Provincial System Support Program
University of Toronto Health and Wellness Service
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
Portico Knowledge Network
Mental health, addiction and other professionals—as well as young people, families and caregivers—can access the Portico Network for credible, curated information and access to supportive online communities for use in day-to-day practice.