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EENet is excited to announce the release of the Sharing Together: Report in Short. Developing an evidence priority agenda for Ontario’s mental health, substance use, and addictions system. Click here to see the English version.

Thank you to the 550 participants from diverse stakeholder groups and sectors who came together to share their perspectives and prioritize their evidence needs, helping to co-create this evidence priority agenda!

This Report in Short provides a brief overview of the evidence needs related to 10 themes selected by stakeholders through Sharing Together.

Stay tuned for the full report in the next few weeks, which will discuss:

  • the detailed evidence needs, along with why this evidence is needed to support ongoing system improvement;
  • the capacity building needs required to support the use of evidence;
  • the alignment between Sharing Together’s findings and current provincial initiatives; and,
  • the next steps in responding to the range of opportunities to develop and use evidence to support transformation of Ontario’s mental health, substance use, and addictions system.

For more information about Sharing Together, visit: 

Were you part of the dialogues or contributed to the survey? How would you like us to share the findings with you? Do you have specific ideas and innovative ways to respond to the evidence needs?


EENet diffuse le Rapport en bref sur Partageons ensemble : Établissement d’un programme de priorités pour les données probantes à l’intention du système de santé mentale et d’interventions sur les dépendances et l’usage de substances de l’Ontario. Cliquez ici pour voir la version française.

Nous remercions les 550 participants de divers secteurs et groupes de parties prenantes qui se sont réunis pour partager leurs points de vue et établir la priorité des besoins en données probantes et qui ont ainsi contribué à la création de ce programme de priorités pour les données probantes!

Ce Rapport en bref présente rapidement les besoins en données probantes reliés aux dix thèmes choisis par les parties prenantes dans le cadre de Partageons ensemble.

Restez à l’affût, car notre rapport complet devrait paraître d’ici quelques semaines. Il portera sur les points suivants :

  • les besoins détaillés en données probantes, ainsi que les raisons pour lesquelles ces données probantes sont nécessaires pour soutenir l’amélioration permanente du système;
  • le renforcement des capacités nécessaire pour appuyer l’utilisation des données probantes;
  • l’harmonisation des constatations de Partageons ensemble et des initiatives provinciales actuelles; et
  • les étapes suivantes visant à saisir une panoplie d’opportunités permettant d’établir et d’utiliser des données probantes pour appuyer la transformation du système de santé mentale et d’interventions sur les dépendances et l’usage de substances de l’Ontario.


Pour plus d'informations, visitez :

Avez-vous participé aux dialogues ou répondu au sondage? Comment voudriez-vous que nous vous transmettions les conclusions? Avez-vous des idées précises sur la façon de combler les besoins en données probantes ou connaissez-vous des façons novatrices de le faire?

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Thanks for posting this.  It's helpful to see the top three priority areas (based on themes), by region.  Since my district was not involved in the regional discussions, we'd like to be informed of the findings by way of email- perhaps through a public health unit channel such as a manager group distribution list? 

A priority agenda such as this impacts several of public health's core programs, including opioid harm reduction, mental health promotion, and general substance misuse. 

In the northern regions, our districts are quite vast and although Sudbury is a larger center in the north, there are many other districts who will not receive this information formally.  Thanks for considering ways to get the message out.  I look forward to the final report!

Hi Hilary, the recently launched Mental Health Promotion in Public Health Community of Practice will also be a good avenue to share this information with public health units.  

We shared the mental health promotion, mental illness and suicide prevention evidence needs at the in-person CoP steering committee meeting in November. 

Good that you've highlighted how we get this information into the hands of all 36 public health units.


Thanks for your feedback @Registered Member and for checking out the regional reports. Did you find the priorities resonated with your work/community? The brief regional dialogue report backs are available online here for those interested:

We certainly hopeful that this report will reach beyond those individuals that took part in Sharing Together, including Ontario’s northern communities. We plan achieve this by sharing the findings through EENet's network and asking that stakeholders share the reports with their interested colleagues and friends across the province. Thanks for sharing with the MHP CoP @Registered Member! And we need your help too, EENet Connect members!  

It's great to hear that these are being broadly shared across networks.  To answer your questions Alexandra- yes!  I do find that the regional dialogue resonates with my work and my community.  The integration of and access to services really is a challenge in most northern communities.  This is something that many of us would agree with. 

I really liked that harm reduction was chosen, and specifically the prioritization of "Strategies to educate different audiences about harm reduction..." I think that this is an important issue when considering our opioid problems as a society.  One thing that the mental health promotion field has done really well has been to normalize mental health struggles with the general public (e.g., creating awareness with their campaigns stating that 1 in 5 will experience mental health challenges, etc.). 

We don't seem to be there at all when it comes to opioids, and I think that this is largely due to a broad misunderstanding of the actual reach of this problem.  Many do not know what opioid addiction looks like and who is affected.  I think that a 'communication strategy' for different audiences (including the public) will be one component of a successful community framework as we move forward.  It was nice to see this mentioned in the report.


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