Addiction and Mental Health Information Resources

This section provides general and specific information resources related to research and programs for addiction, mental illness, and mental health issues.

  • Alberta Family Wellness Initiative: Provides resources and symposia to bring key stakeholders together to help inform policy and practice in Alberta, so that we can create a common framework of understanding. You can access their resources on early brain development and addiction on their website.
  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA): CCSA provides access to a range of information and analysis relating to substance abuse issues, and connects Canadians to a broad spectrum of networks and activities.
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): the CIHI has a series of reports from the population health perspective. Some of these reports are specific to addiction and mental health.
  • Clinical Depression in Canada Blog: Join in the discussion about major depression research with Dr. Scott Patten on his blog created to encourage an exchange of information and ideas between researchers, policy makers and others.
  • Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace: The Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace offers valuable support - reviewing current research findings, discussing innovative programming and offering workplace mental health tools and strategies.
  • Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre: The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC) aims to improve the quality and availability of appropriate mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic background, including immigrants, refugees, and members of established ethnocultural communities.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (U.S.): NIDA provides strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines and ensures the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy at it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
  • National Institutes for Mental Health (U.S.): is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
  • Public Health Portal of the European Union: This portal was created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at the European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organizations; and by pan-European non-governmental organizations in the area of public health.
  • A Profile of Clinical Depression in Canada: Researchers across Canada are studying the epidemiology of major depression using Statistics Canada health survey data accessed primarily in Research Data Centres. Read their findings in this research synthesis by Dr. Scott B. Patten, a clinician and professor at the University of Calgary’s Departments of Community Health Sciences and Psychiatry and Heather Juby, Research Data Centre Network, available free online.
  • Studies from the Research Data Centres (RDC): Bibliographic list of RDC studies by theme.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioural health of the nation.
  • Trauma and Mental Health Report: The report is a weekly online research report that provides information on the topic of interpersonal trauma. The report covers topics such as the causes and consequences of trauma; treatment, prevention, and implications of trauma for society at large.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - Mental Health Website: WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.