OTTAWA, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health today announced that researchers will be tackling the issue of
improving access to mental health services for Canadian children and
youth thanks to federal funding.
"Investing in mental health is an important step in promoting good
health and preventing illness, disability and injury, to help children
and youth have the healthiest possible start in life," said Minister
Aglukkaq. "The goal is to develop initiatives that provide mental
health services in schools, communities, and hospitals, and ultimately
help young people get the help they need sooner."
"We are particularly interested, for example, to know more about whether
Canadian children and youth are being adequately served by existing
mental health programs and if there are any further initiatives that
can be created to better address their needs," said Dr. Shoo Lee,
incoming Scientific Director for CIHR's Institute of Human Development
and Child and Youth Health. "Our explicit objective is to address the
emotional, psychological or behavioural problems of Canadian children
The three funded projects will focus on:
How depression is detected and screened in schools and medical settings
for children and adolescents, and if the treatments and screening
itself are contributing to better health outcomes.
Providing an online tool, to assist mental health service providers to
access the most up-to-date, evidence-based information that will help
them make better decisions about mental health policy, programs, and
service delivery for children and adolescents.
Looking at the range of e-mental health services available
(interventions delivered using Internet technologies) and identifying
whether they are working well, being effectively used and fully
available to all Canadian children, to better inform decision makers.
More than 14 percent of Canadian children and adolescents have at least
one clinically significant mental health problem, and as many as 50 to
70 percent of these disorders persist into adulthood. The range of
mental health problems could include: depression/anxiety, problematic
substance use (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit prescription drug), eating
disorders, gambling problems, risk of suicide, and autism.
Funding is provided for these initiatives through the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Mental Health Commission of
Canada (MHCC) is a strong partner and supporter of this initiative.
Their mission is to promote mental health in Canada, and work with
stakeholders to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health
problems, and to improve services and support.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency.
CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its
translation into improved health, more effective health services and
products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of
13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100
health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
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