GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 3.3
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Be sure to stay up to date with the 3rd International Conference on Youth Mental Health - Transformations: Next Generation Youth Mental Health, taking place in Montreal on October 8th – 10th, 2015 by visiting the conference website.

Kindest Regards,

Joelle Sholzberg
Communications Manager
In this issue:
Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
Better Access to Psychotherapy through Insured Services
INESSS publishes its first two reports
Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
Movember Partners with the Young and Well CRC and The University of Sydney
Learn about the launch of a Global Health and Wellbeing Survey

Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
Tripartite Network in YMH
Update on the creation of a Québec research network in mental health care for children aged 6 to 25

Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
Université de Moncton
Posting for a Research Chair

Improving Access to Psychotherapy - INESSS Publishes its First Two Reports

The Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy (CAP) believes that the Government of Québec should implement a publicly insured program that would provide psychotherapy services to those who need them.  CAP was convened in March 2013 by the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Mental Illness Foundation to work towards widening access to psychotherapy in Quebec.  CAP was formed following the recommendation made by the Health and Welfare Commissioner of Quebec, in his assessment of mental healthcare services, on access to psychotherapy services.

Following the mandate given to it by the Quebec government in 2012, the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) has published two of its much anticipated reports on access to psychotherapy services (reports available at The third report, which will describe financial aspects and the way in which psychotherapy services can be implemented in Quebec, is expected in 2016.

INESSS’s first report on the effectiveness and cost of psychotherapy services concludes that psychotherapy is just as effective as medication in treating mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, and is less costly than medication.

The second report notes that countries that have implemented public programs have established clinical practice guidelines that define the conditions under which services should be provided. Specifically, guidelines state that people with depressive or anxiety disorders should have access to professionals with the appropriate expertise and training, that services should draw from evidence-based treatment and that the patient’s preference regarding the choice of treatment should be taken into account. INESSS also recognizes that the practice of psychotherapy in Quebec is already governed by a law that requires professionals to be licensed to practise psychotherapy and that defines the conditions they must meet in order to acquire and maintain this right.

CAP’s spokespeople had a very good meeting with the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services and his directors in May 2015. Both parties agree that increased access to psychotherapy services is an important need. The challenge will be in defining the financial aspects of implementing a province-wide program. INESSS’s final report is expected to address this challenge.
New Global Health and Wellbeing Survey - Have your Voice Heard and Spread the Word


The Movember Foundation, a leading global men’s health charity, have partnered with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney to launch its inaugural Global Health and Wellbeing Survey. The survey is designed to gather insights and ultimately help change the way the world thinks about men’s health and wellbeing. Men and women (aged 16 years and over) across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States can participate.
To get as many voices heard, please complete the survey at:
then pass it on by sharing the link with friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, networks and organisations. You can also share it on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Full survey participant information is available here.
Update on the Creation of a Québec Research Network in Mental Health Care for Children Aged 6 to 25

The Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) have joined forces to create a youth mental health network aimed at young people between the ages of 6 and 25 in the amount of $3.75M over five years.

Before launching the network, the partners are funding an environmental scan to determine international best practices for the early prevention of mental illness, particularly in children aged 6 to 11, and effective mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25. In November 2015, a workshop will bring together researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and knowledge users to define the research aims and priorities of the future thematic network.

Following the workshop in November 2015, the partners will open a call for proposals. The deadline for the submission of grant applications is planned for spring 2016.

Université de Moncton
The Université de Moncton has an open position for an Interdisciplinary Research Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health. This bilingual position is located at the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick. View the posting (only available in French) at:
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