GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 3.2
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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. Earlybird registration closes July 1st, 2015.

Also, in case you missed it, you may want to read the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series, which recently featured ACCESS and CAP.

Kindest regards,

Joelle Sholzberg
Communications Manager
In this issue:
Dr. Alain Beaudet and Tony Boeckh at the launch of TRAM
GBF Announcements
Latest news about staff changes at GBF

Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
CAP Brief
Better Access to Psychotherapy through Insured Services
Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
Dr. Jeffrey Meyer
A profile on the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research

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

GBF Announcements

The Board of GBF is delighted to announce that Dr. David Goldbloom has joined its Board of Directors.  We are very excited that our foundation will have the benefit of David’s wisdom built up over many years as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Senior Medical Advisor at CAMH, and Vice-Chair and Chair at the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

James Hughes will be stepping down as President of GBF effective July 1st, 2015. The Board of GBF would like to thank Jim for his valuable contribution to the Foundation and to the mental health sector in Canada as a whole.  While moving onto other challenges, Jim will continue to advise the Foundation on strategic matters. "As the former Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM) and Deputy Minister of New Brunswick's Department of Social Development, his experience gave him unique insights into many aspects of the mental healthcare system.  Jim's knowledge and leadership at GBF were invaluable and we are pleased to be able to tap into his wisdom in the future in our efforts to transform the mental healthcare system", said Tony Boeckh, co-Chair of GBF.

Ian Boeckh will become President of GBF effective July 1st, 2015.  Ian has been working extensively at the Foundation over the past few years as Executive Chair.  Given his profound knowledge of the Foundation’s projects, we expect a smooth transition.  “The Foundation has a number of exciting projects which hold great potential for creating transformational change in mental health services for Canadians.  I look forward to an enhanced leadership role in the Foundation and the challenge of driving these projects through to success”, said Ian Boeckh. 

GBF is also pleased to welcome Danielle Kemmer, PhD, as the foundation’s new Program Director.  She comes to us from Genome Québec.  Danielle will initially focus a significant amount of her attention on the GBF-managed International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders and the Foundation’s newest project, a youth mental health research-practice network in the province of Québec in partnership with the Fonds de recherche Québec-Santé and the provincial Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Better Access to Psychotherapy through Insured Services
Psychotherapy is recognized as an effective treatment for mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety disorders. However, access to psychotherapy services for people who do not have personal insurance or the financial means to pay for them is a major problem in Québec. 

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. 

The brief that CAP has submitted to the Minister of Health and Social Services argues in favour of such a program given that it would benefit not only individuals but also society as a whole.

Dr. Meyer, 2015 Recipient, Dr. Samarthji Lal Award

The Graham Boeckh Foundation is thrilled to announce that the fifth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research has been awarded to Jeffrey Meyer MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Canada Research Chair in the Neurochemistry of Major Depression; Head, Neurochemical Imaging Program in Mood Disorders, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

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 Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) recently announced the launch of a thematic network in mental health for young people aged 6 to 25. The partnering organizations wish to support the development of expertise in Québec on this important health issue and ultimately contribute to improving the health and health care system of Quebecers.

In preparation of the creation of the network, the partnering organizations are funding a team of experts to perform a scan of best international practices in mental health for young people from 6 to 25 years of age. The results from the scan will inform the activities of the network that will ultimately be created under this initiative.

 For a detailed description of the program and timelines for the network please click here.
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