Policies and procedures for patient transfer from community clinics to emergency departments under the mental health act: Review and policy scan

The objective of this commentary is to summarize the few findings from the scientific literature pertaining to humane mental health transfer practices in the province of Ontario as well as the broader Canadian and international context. These findings are juxtaposed with a policing policy scan concerning the Ontario and Canadian contexts. The practice[…]

Considerations for implementing a three-digit suicide prevention number in Canada: Policy brief

The purpose of this policy brief is to outline considerations for implementing a three-digit suicide prevention number in Canada. It reviews several relevant international contexts; specifically, the implementation of a three-digit suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline (988) in the United States (U.S.) and the recently approved 113 number in the Netherlands. In addition,[…]

COVID-19 and mental health: Policy responses and emerging issues. Preliminary scan

Overview of the findings – Key messages
The incredible response is leaving some people behind. A tremendously rapid and innovative response has been mounted to meet the needs of the general population by disseminating wellness information and quickly pivoting to virtual services and supports. But these offerings are not meeting the needs of some[…]

Healing the nation: Advancing mental health and addiction policy

Our guiding principle for this framework is that our health policies and solutions must be inclusive enough to ensure that all places and spaces effectively promote mental health, from creating positive dynamics that prevent conditions from developing, providing access to culturally appropriate services when needs arise, defining outcomes and collecting data to ensure equitable positive[…]

The success of gay-straight alliances in Waterloo Region, Ontario: A confluence of political and social factors.

This article outlines how gayÐstraight alliances (GSAs) work to connect youth with community resources, and outlines the political and social context of GSAs in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Discusses how the confluence of government and school board policy and community agency support facilitates the implementation, maintenance, and success of GSAs.

Population health outcome models in suicide prevention policy.

Health outcome models could aid in suicide prevention policy by helping focus implementation efforts. Further research developing more sophisticated models of the impact of suicide prevention interventions that include a more complex understanding of suicidal behavior, longer time frames, and inclusion of additional outcomes that capture the full benefits and costs of interventions would be[…]

Model school district policy on suicide prevention: Model language, commentary, and resources.


Bullying and homophobia in Canadian schools: The politics of policies, programs, and educational leadership.

During the past ten years, attention on bullying has intensified among educators, parents, journalists, and educational researchers in the wake of high-profile incidents of bullying in some Canadian schools. Safe schools policies and programs have proliferated as a result. However, the issue of homophobia-a pervasive form of bullying-tends to be absent from public discussion, anti-bullying[…]

School social workers and multiculturalism: changing the environment for success.

Dropping out, a phenomenon heavily concentrated in communities of color, hampers the academic success of multicultural students. Multiculturalism can help make school an inviting place for vulnerable youths, and school social workers (SSWRs) are in a position to advocate for school environments that are conducive to academic success. The present study surveyed 339 SSWRs on[…]

Suicide prevention: guidelines for public awareness and education activities.