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Harm Reduction Hangouts: Community Consultations with 2SQTBIPOC Youth

· in Children, Youth, and Young Adults · 0 replies
The Harm Reduction Hangouts project (HRH) is an upcoming peer support-based harm reduction drop-in series, by and for 2SQTBIPOC youth. As we get ready to begin programming, the team is launching a survey and hosting consultation circles for 2SQTBIPOC youth 16-21 to share what they want and need in a virtual drop-in space. The survey is open until February 18th and eligible young people will also have the chance to win 1 of 5 $30 gift cards by going to tinyurl.com/HRH-survey. Registration for...Read More...

SafeGuards is Hiring: Knowledge Exchange Manager

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Join SafeGuards Training to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults impacted by trauma. Develop relevant and responsive learning opportunities and help build the capacity of professionals in trauma work and trauma-informed practice. Knowledge Exchange Manager We are looking for a dynamic person who will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of trauma-informed training, resources and knowledge mobilization. This involves keeping abreast of evidence-based...Read More...

How can EENet meet your needs in 2022? Featured

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 0 replies
Dear friends of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet),* As 2022 begins, we are launching a survey to assess the needs of stakeholders across Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. We want to hear from you about the topics EENet should be focusing on, and the types of resources and knowledge mobilization services we should be offering in the year ahead. Please take 5-10 minutes to tell us how we can best direct our efforts to support you. Access the survey here:...Read More...

Exploring Youth Mental Health through Creative Expression

· in Children, Youth, and Young Adults · 0 replies
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada's National Youth Advisory Council (MDSC NYAC) is a network of students, aimed at engaging youth in discussions about mental. The MDSC NYAC continuously works on a variety of initiatives targeting mental health advocacy and engagement with youth. The B loom Blog is a multimedia publication platform for youth to share their experiences with mental health. We aim to share creative work, generate productive conversations about mental health, and show young...Read More...

Help shape public policy around psychedelics in Canada

· in News & updates · 1 reply RM
Shared from the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition ( www.drugpolicy.ca ): Your opinion matters. Help shape public policy around psychedelics in Canada by participating in the largest national psychedelic survey to date. The Canadian Psychedelic Survey (CPS) is a historic chance to provide input into the future of psychedelics in Canada. The CPS is a collaboration with Johns Hopkins, UCLA, University of Alabama, University of Michigan, Cleveland Clinic, McMaster, McGill, and the University of...Read More...

Promoting PocketWell App | Présentation de l'application Mieux-être

· in COVID - 19 · 1 reply RM
One in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem - and nearly half of Canadians reported that their mental health worsened during the pandemic. DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM APPLE APP STORE DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM GOOGLE PLAY Supporting the mental health and well-being of Canadians, as we continue to face the uncertainty and challenges from COVID-19 and its variants, is a Government of Canada priority. Through PocketWell, a free app to the Wellness Together Canada (WTC) online...Read More...

What a Year! Centre for Innovation in Peer Support's Year in Review Infographic

· in Peer Support · 2 replies RM RM
The Centre for Innovation in Peer Support (embedded in Support House) broke new ground in 2021 with the introduction of several new programs and opportunities for both our community and provincial partners. We launched our new Virtual Learning Centre & Resource Hub regularly updated with educational toolkits, documents and videos. These offerings support the practice and implementation of peer support within Ontario. We piloted a NEW comprehensive Peer Support Core Competencies Training...Read More...

Call for Peer-to-Peer Webinar Proposals - PAID OPPORTUNITY

· in Peer Support · 3 replies RM RM RM
Do you have an idea for a webinar related to the field of Peer Support? Would you like to share your knowledge and experience on a particular topic? Ontario Peer Development Initiative is proud to produce monthly webinars for our membership and the larger Peer Support Community, and we are currently inviting proposals for future webinars. We welcome the creation of new webinars, as well as webinars developed from previous presentations and/or conference papers. We are interested in the work...Read More...

Research Viewpoint: Preparing for a rise in PTSD from COVID-19

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In a recent article in Frontiers in Psychiatry , a group of researchers from Poland and the UK suggest that there are three groups at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the current COVID-19 pandemic: survivors of severe cases of COVID-19, family members of people who have survived severe cases or died from COVID-19 frontline healthcare providers who have witnessed life-threatening cases and deaths from COVID-19 Because of this, the researchers suggest that...Read More...

#Frayme2022 Early Bird Registration and Full Program Now Available!

· in Children, Youth, and Young Adults · 0 replies
Frayme's annual conference, The Learning Institute, is one of Canada’s only nation-wide conferences solely dedicated to youth mental health and substance use (YMHSU) system transformation. It provides a unique opportunity to bring together different players in the sector across diverse disciplines, backgrounds and experiences to drive knowledge into action. The official #Frayme2022 Program and Early Bird Registration is now available. Learn more about the theme and focus areas of this year...Read More...

Tip of the mornin' to ya: Topics vs. Events

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 1 reply RM
Curious about the best format for your post on EENet Connect? Here are some tips: If your post is about a workshop, webinar, conference, presentation or training session, select Event from the drop-down menu that appears when you click the POST button. This way it will show up in our calendar and people can let you know if they plan to attend. If your post is about something you would like information about or feedback on, or if it is about a topic you'd like the community to be more...Read More...

Métis Youth Wellness Connection: January Sessions for Teens and Tweens

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Métis Youth Wellness Connection: January Sessions for Teens and Tweens Navigating today’s world for youth can be complicated and challenging. Shifting from the teen years to young adulthood requires young people to be equipped with the tools to build resilience, feel comfortable and confident having conversations about what is going on in their lives, and monitor their wellness. This online hub is where Métis youth can interact, share and exchange. The hub will have one-stop access to...Read More...

Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference 2022 on January 25, 2022

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Register for the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference (January 25, 2022) Join international colleagues at the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference. Registration is free. This conference will provide an overview of the core elements of virtual mental health care by international colleagues. Topics will include online prevention, digital psychotherapy, risk assessment and management and virtual clinics. In workshops, you will get the opportunity to learn more...Read More...

Virtual Training Partnership 2022: Ontario Association for ACT and FACT and British Columbia ACT Advance Practice Teams

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Discipline Specific Meetings Three 2 hour meetings annually for each discipline. Timeslots: Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 1:00PM – 3:00 PM Free for staff on OAAF member teams and BC ACT Teams Case Workers: Jan 26 11-1; May 25 11-1; Sept 28 11-1 TL/Managers: Jan 26 1-3; May 25 1-3; Sept 28 1-3 Nurses: Feb 2 11-1; June 1 11-1; Oct 5 11-1 OTs: Feb 2 1-3; June 1 1-3; Oct 5 1-3 Peer Specialists: Feb 9 11-1; June 8 11-1; Oct 12 11-1 Psychiatrists: Feb 9 1-3; June 8 1-3; Oct 12 1-3 Social...Read More...

Consultations - Naloxone in the Workplace

· in Opioid Problems Treatment Solutions · 0 replies
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development is current conducting consultations about naloxone in workplaces. They are particularly interested in learning whether opioid overdose and overdose management are issues in Ontario workplaces, and if they are issues, if they require changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to address the hazard they present in the workplace. Contribute your expertise via this link - ...Read More...

Updated Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 0 replies
How can organizations ensure their harm reduction programs are based on the best evidence? Since 2013, Canadian harm reduction programs have relied on the Best Practice Recommendations compiled by a national working group led by Dr. Carol Strike in collaboration with researchers, direct service providers and people who use drugs. The landscape of drug use and harm reduction has shifted dramatically since then. To incorporate new evidence and the current realities of drug use and overdose in...Read More...

Frayme's IYS Policy Recommendations for System Transformation is now available

· in Children, Youth, and Young Adults · 0 replies
Frayme is thrilled to share out our first policy recommendations document: Integrated Youth Services (IYS) Policy Recommendations for System Transformation. In October 2021, Frayme hosted #IYS2021 with the goal of facilitating an event that would bring together key stakeholders to collaborate and create a set of guiding recommendations for improving the youth mental health and substance use sector. Thanks to the voices and expertise of our #IYS2021 participants, we have been able to produce...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Negative emotions about climate change are related to insomnia and mental health

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What you need to know The climate crisis is expected to have negative effects on the mental health of people around the world as climate change awareness, extreme weather and large-scale climatic events increase. In this study, researchers examined how negative climate-related emotions (such as psychological distress, anxiety and worry) relate to sleep and mental health using samples of people living in 25 countries as well as a Norwegian nationally representative sample. The findings show...Read More...

Seeking couple therapists in private practice

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There seems to be a lot of demand for couple therapists right now, and many are hoping to be seen in the office. I'd like to put a few people with at least a thousand hours experience with couples on my website for when I can't handle the traffic, especially therapists seeing people in the office in or near the Beaches in East Toronto. See https://www.therapytorontotherapist.ca/beth/marital_counsellors.htm. Please email beth.toronto@gmail.com.Read More...

Webinar series: Building high quality mental health services - Why fidelity matters

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This webinar series is presented by the Fidelity Monitoring in Ontario Community of Interest in collaboration with Evidence Exchange Network (EENet). About this webinar series Ontario invests significant funds to deliver evidence-based practices (EBPs). In mental health and addictions, there is growing awareness of the value of routine fidelity monitoring to determine if EBPs are being implemented as intended. Such monitoring can support more consistent delivery of care across the province...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Family Connections program helps caregivers cope with life with a youth who has mental health challenges

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Caring for a young person who has a mental illness can be difficult and confusing. The Family Connections program was created to help family members of people with borderline personality disorder live better lives. It provides them with information and research on mental health and family functioning, coping skills, family skills and social support. Until now, there has been no research on the effects of this program on family members of people with other types of mental health challenges.Read More...

Call for public comments: mental health and addiction service organizational standards

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 4 replies RM RM RM RM
This consultation by Health Standards Organization (HSO) https://healthstandards.org/ on standards for mental health and addiction services seems, rather important if the weaving of: care system change, organizational accreditation and practice change are in play, NOW. • Population health, service planning, and design • Prepared and competent teams • Access to services • Client rights and ethical considerations • Timely, comprehensive, and coordinated services • Medication and prescribing...Read More...

Online group support during the pandemic: A new CICMH podcast episode with Sheena's Place

· in COVID - 19 · 0 replies
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) recently released a new episode of the Mental Health on Campus podcast . In this episode, Kaitlyn Axelrod (Program and Outreach Coordinator at Sheena’s Place ) discusses the challenges and successes of facilitating virtual support groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on her experience running eating disorder support groups at Sheena’s Place. You can listen to the episode on the CICMH website: https://bit.ly/3HQomGx The Mental...Read More...

Research Snapshot: COVID-19 impacts among 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness

· in COVID - 19 · 2 replies RM RM
What is this research about? 2SLGBTQ+ youth experience significantly higher rates of mental health issues compared to heterosexual and cisgender youth, due to stigma, discrimination and identity-based rejection. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 2SLGBTQ+ youth are experiencing these stressors in increased and new ways, which are seeming to have devastating effects for this population. For example, due to a lack of alternative housing options heightened by the pandemic, some youth have been...Read More...

Chiefs of Ontario call to address increasing opioid overdoses in First Nations communities

· in Opioid Problems Treatment Solutions · 0 replies
The Chiefs of Ontario together with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network have released two new reports: Opioid Use, Related Harms, and Access to Treatment among First Nations in Ontario Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on opioid-related poisoning among First Nations in Ontario Together, these reports highlight the increase in opioid poisoning during the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need to address the opioid crisis affecting First Nations in Ontario.Read More...

Catch up on queer men's health

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The Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance recently wrapped up its first virtual conference 'GMSH 2021: queer sex after HIV'. Over four great weeks, nearly two dozen sessions, and over 50 speakers, facilitators, and artists, participants connected on the priorities and issues affecting gay men’s sexual health across Ontario. If you weren't able to join or couldn't enjoy each session- GMSH has you covered. Session recordings are now available so head over to YouTube and get caught up. Watch now: ...Read More...

Mental Health & Addictions North COVID-19 Innovations: Regional Mental Health Assessment Team

· in COVID - 19 · 1 reply RM
The Challenge To provide a pathway to acute Schedule 1 beds that is clear, consistent, and equitable across Northwestern Ontario. The Goals: Increased capacity for emergency mental health and addiction care to Northwestern Ontario through enhanced regional service and knowledge transfer Reduced unnecessary transfers to Schedule 1 mental health beds Timely transfers and discharges from the regional emergency departments High patient and staff satisfaction Net system incremental cost avoidance...Read More...

Waypoint Leadership Opportunity

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Position Title: Director, Clinical Programs Programs: Acute Assessment & Sans Souci Employment Type : Full Time Posting Date: November 29, 2021 Reporting to the Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Operating Officer, the Director, Clinical Programs will assume responsibility for the overall operation of two regional clinical programs by planning, implementing, integrating, and evaluating a comprehensive range of program activities that ensure and/or support quality focused,...Read More...

Help clients quit smoking with STOP on the Net - Receive 8 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy

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With support from the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program previously launched the STOP on the Net Program , which provides free nicotine replacement therapy to adults in Ontario (18+) who are interested in quitting tobacco cigarette smoking. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded STOP on the Net to an 8-week treatment program (previously 4 weeks). Eligible participants will receive one kit containing 8 boxes of NRT patches and 4...Read More...

Podcast Interview with a Recovering Video Gaming Addict

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 2 replies RM RM
Many of you are familiar with my son's story of gaming addiction, as told by me in my speaking, webinars, and my books. Podcaster and recovered gambling addict, Brian Hatch recently interviewed my son, Jake, on his own, so he could share his journey through gaming addiction and recovery. Jake discusses what led him down the rabbit hole, how he struggled to overcome his compulsion, the support he received, and how he now manages his life, as well as his relationship with the internet, as a...Read More...

Visit the updated EENet website

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new-and-improved EENet website . You can now access our same resources, news, and upcoming events on a refreshed, user-friendly platform. Features include: a modern, accessible user interface simplified navigation to our initiatives and related resources, news, and events an updated search function to help you find the resources you need. Explore the new EENet website now at kmb.camh.ca/eenet .Read More...

R2R Call for Abstracts Now Open!

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We are excited to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for the upcoming non-profit international conference From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine (R2R2022: in-person gathering, Toronto, May 27-29, 2022). Co-sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ( CAMH ), the Mental Health Commission of Canada ( MHCC ) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction ( CCSA ), this conference will be unique in its: focus on...Read More...

SAVE 20% on your mental health training and education with SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

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Our Black Friday savings have come early - register between November 19 and 29 for any of our December 2021 webinars and enjoy a 20% savings with promo code BlackFriday2021 Don't miss your chance to SAVE 20% on these great mental health training and education opportunities for professionals who work with clients of all ages. This December keep learning, earn CE hours recognized by The Canadian Psychological Association and save. Full details at...Read More...

Research Snapshot: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities show resilience during pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on marginalized groups, such as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) like Down syndrome or autism. For people with IDDs, stressors include the abrupt stop to daily routines and regular contact with friends and family, restricted availability of health services and paid support, and financial difficulties. These stressors are compounded by the challenges people with IDDs face in understanding infection risks and public...Read More...

EENet Webinar: Identity, Culture and Language: Key elements to assisting people living with Dementia in ethnocultural communities

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The onset of dementia can have a devastating impact on an individual’s identity. See how culturally based and linguistically accessible programming and interventions help to reclaim and preserve one’s identity and dignity. Date: Friday December 3, 2021 Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Register now . Learning objectives: Recognizing the importance of culture and language when interacting with people living with dementia in ethnocultural communities. Strategies to support the identity and dignity of...Read More...

EENet Webinar: Best Practices for Language Access in Older Adult Populations: Responding to Emerging Areas of Care

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Best practices when providing language support in services for older adults requires special considerations and strategies. Language access in this context can be made more complex by multiple factors such as mental health, age-related speech and/or hearing loss, family involvement and intervention, and cognitive impairment. A deeper understanding of these dynamics can optimize the outcomes in interpreter-assisted appointments. Learning objectives: Understand the role of the interpreter in...Read More...

Youth Wellness Connection " Let's Chat About Mental Health"

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As a teen, navigating today’s world for youth can be complicated and challenging. Let’s Chat About Mental Health invites teens to join us each month to interact, share and exchange. A chance to chat in a safe space. Each month teens will have one-stop access to mental health navigators, youth council representatives, traditional knowledge keepers and specialists. THIS MONTH: Monday, November 22, 2021 7:30 - 8:30 PM EST Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/regist...4LbWq8ZjRpkz2qqdzJdk Join...Read More...

Ending Support: "There is a difference between saying ‘you might not need us in the future’ and saying ‘we might not be here for you in the future.”

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A Webinar: " Should we be talking about endings in Housing First?" Research from Housing First England led by Imogen Blood, consultant https://www.homeless.org.uk/imogen-blood "There is a difference between saying ‘you might not need us in the future’ and saying ‘we might not be here for you in the future.” See the blog: https://www.homeless.org.uk/co...ngs-in-housing-first (image: cozy depiction of row housing) See link to Webinar information for the Tuesday November 30th @ 7:00am EST...Read More...

Policy Brief - Considerations for virtual services and supports for substance use and concurrent disorders

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From February - April 2021, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Canadian Psychological Association and Canada Health Infoway, and the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) collected national data on the experience and perceptions of virtual services and supports for substance use and concurrent disorders provided during COVID-19, including education and access to health care or treatment. Two-thirds of those who had used virtual services reported satisfaction with the...Read More...

National Inventory of Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Supports for People Transitioning Out of the Criminal Justice System

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 0 replies
This week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada launched a directory of community-based mental health and substance use services and supports available in Canada for people who are transitioning from the criminal justice system into the community. This national inventory represents a new step towards reducing the barriers to service access that are often experienced by justice-involved persons, especially those who are re-entering the community from correctional settings. Importantly, this...Read More...

Policy Briefs: The Impacts of COVID-19 on 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected marginalized groups, including 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. According to the literature, this group has been experiencing higher rates of mental health and substance use issues since the pandemic started and also face greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing worse health outcomes. A research project, led by Dr. Alex Abramovich, sought to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing...Read More...

A $10 opportunity for Youth (16-24)

· in Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub · 1 reply RM
The YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) is running a Digital Media Contest and we need the help of youth ages 16-24 , who are currently residing in Canada, to help determine a winner. The contest challenged youth from across Canada to create a poster and/or video discussing how cannabis use affects youth brain development. Currently, the contest has selected its top 3 poster and top 3 video submissions, and is now looking for youth to fill out a short 5-minute...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Risky drinking during the pandemic

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In early spring 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a worldwide pandemic. The social and work-related restrictions that governments put in place to reduce transmission of the virus were unlike any in recent history. Researchers have shown that worldwide mental health has been seriously impacted by the pandemic and government measures. Many researchers have documented the factors associated with anxiety, depression and problematic substance use. Less attention has been paid to...Read More...

Online Course - Treating Concurrent Tobacco and Cannabis Use Disorder

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Registration is now open for the online mini-course "Treating Concurrent Tobacco and Cannabis Use Disorder," offered by the TEACH program at CAMH. Participants will learn to screen for concurrent use disorders and provide tailored cessation interventions. For more information or to register, see the attached flyer or visit https://teach.camhx.ca/moodleRead More...

Research Viewpoint: Ethical and legal issues in psychedelic harm reduction and integration therapy

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What you need to know As public interest grows in the potential for psychedelic substances to treat mental illness and addictions, it is becoming more important for service providers to become educated about how to support clients interested in psychedelic use. In this peer-reviewed article, the researchers highlight the promise of harm reduction and integration therapy (HRIT) and discuss legal and ethical considerations, along with ways to lessen risks to both clients and clinicians...Read More...

Webinar recording: Ensuring safety for all in psychedelic medicine

· in Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) · 0 replies
On October 28th, EENet hosted a webinar featuring a conversation among key experts in the field of psychedelics research. Panelists discussed their viewpoints on ensuring psychedelic therapies are safe for everyone who could benefit from them, including issues related to regulation, standards of training, and cultural competence. You can now view the recording at this link. This was the second webinar in an EENet webinar series . The series is leading up to From Research to Reality, a global...Read More...

Life of the Party: Canada's Drag Race queens on sass and sobriety

· in Health Promotion and Prevention · 0 replies
Watch here. Alcohol and substance use-related challenges are widely documented for LGBTQ+ people. Higher prevalence of alcohol use and alcohol-related challenges stem from minority stress and are experienced alongside societal marginalization, discrimination, and experiences of violence. Alcohol use has been a historical and contemporary fixture of LGBTQ life, especially in larger cities like Toronto, where many social spaces are bars or nightlife venues. "Lack of non-bar space: For many...Read More...
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