The purpose of the Workshop on Suicide-Related Research in Canada, held in Montreal February 7-8, 2003, was to develop a national, collaborative agenda on research related to suicide in Canada. This workshop brought together 43 practitioners, researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal communities, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Health Canada for an exploratory consultation focused on the development of a national agenda on research focused on both suicide and suicide-related behaviour.
The seventeen papers contained in this volume by the Policy Research Initiative from the Government of Canada explore issues that face public policy makers as they begin to work toward programs and policies that will address the aspirations and needs of Aboriginal people and communities in urban areas.
In late 2002, 400 social and health policy experts, community representatives, and health researchers met at York University at a conference entitled “Social Determinants of Health Across the Life-Span”. The purpose of the conference was to consider the state of key social determinants of health (SDOH) across Canada, explore the implications for the health of Canadians, and discuss policy directions to strengthen these social determinants of health. This overview is based on the papers and presentations from the conference, including an overview presentation by Dennis Raphael.
A health problem of the scope and importance of mental illness requires a comprehensive surveillance system to monitor progress in achieving policy and program goals. A workshop held in September, 1999, co-sponsored by Health Canada and the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), developed a comprehensive indicator framework for a Mental Illnesses and Mental Health Surveillance System. This report responds to the recommendations from the workshop to collate existing data in order to begin the process of creating a picture of mental illnesses in Canada.
A tool by Health Canada for analyzing legislation, policies, programs and practices to determine whether they promote the social and economic inclusion of individuals, families, and communities.
Throughout the 1990s, technological change and the need to be globally competitive increased the pressures on organizations and employees alike. Taken together, these changes suggest it is time for another rigorous empirical look at the issue of work-life conflict. The research outlined in this report and the others in the series was designed to provide business and labour leaders, policy makers and academics with an objective “big picture” view on what has happened in this area in Canada in the last decade and what the current situation is. As such, it will allow interested parties to separate the rhetoric from the reality with respect to work-life conflict.
This response by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) outlines two basic principles that the CAEFS believes should guide the development of mental health services policy for women by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
An interesting report from the Bazeton Centre for Mental Health Law in the U.S. which looks at federal policy-level solutions to the problem of the criminalization of people with mental illness. The report recommends the development of policies to ensure that people with serious mental illnesses are connected with appropriate community agencies as they are released and are enrolled in the federal entitlement programs that are specifically designed to provide the supports they need: federal disability payment programs and health coverage through Medicaid and Medicare.
A brief explanation of the concept of social capital and its impact on health and well-being, from the Community Life Organization, an Australian community-based suicide prevention organization.
A resource designed by Health Canada to help people in both the public sector and the community understand how to include community experience in the policy-making process