GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 4.1
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As many of you know, GBF’s core projects have a specific focus on integrated youth services (IYS) across Canada. The first project the Foundation funded in IYS is ACCESS Open Minds, a Pan-Canadian initiative to show how youth mental health services can be transformed. Additionally, GBF is helping to develop and fund provincial projects in IYS. In general, all of these projects aim to develop, test and scale-up a general system of care that can be effective for a wide range of mental health problems for youth aged 12 - 25. The goal of these initiatives is to integrate core services in an easy to access, youth-friendly format (learn more about Integrated Services here). The provincial projects are collaborating with ACCESS Open Minds but have separate funding. We are excited to share the following updates on projects in three provinces.
Kindest Regards,
Joelle Sholzberg
Communications Manager
In this issue:
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British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative
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Ontario Integrated Youth Services Initiative
YouthCan IMPACT in Toronto

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Quebec Integrated Youth Services Initiative
Partnership between GBF, FRQ-S and MSSS

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How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist
by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden

British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative

GBF is pleased to be supporting the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) to improve access to mental health, substance use and primary care for youth and young adults across BC. The BC-IYSI will support communities to establish youth-friendly, integrated, health and social service storefronts, and work alongside provincial online and phone line resources to strengthen a network of care for young British Columbians and their families. The initiative is working closely with ACCESS Open Minds on research and evaluation.

The guiding principles of the project include:
  • A comprehensive system of care ensures that health promotion, prevention and early intervention are core components of the services.
  • Services need to be timely, accessible, developmentally appropriate, socially inclusive and equitable, and culturally sensitive, congruent, and safe.
  • Services are youth- and family-centred, collaborative and empowering to both.
  • Integration of services should occur through intentional partnerships and collaborative inter-sectorial working relationships, with special attention on the actual process of integration.
  • All services should be evidence- and trauma-informed and effective.
One community in each health region of the province (for a total of five sites) will be selected for funding. An expression of interest (EOI) process began on December 15th, 2015 and the response has been tremendous; 25 submissions were received from across the province.  Each demonstrated a strong commitment and passion to improving youth mental health. An interdisciplinary panel of 12 individuals reviewed the submissions and shortlisted 13 applications to move through to the convening phase. The overall objective of the convening process is to support communities to develop a comprehensive business model for an integrated youth services centre. More specifically, the goal is to build additional capacity in the following areas: building or strengthening partnerships; effective governance across a distributed leadership model; a deepened sense of youth and family smart services; the stepped model of care; a staffing model and associated budget; and a capital budget.
To learn more about the project, please visit
Ontario Integrated Youth Services Initiative
YouthCan IMPACT: Integrated Collaborative Care Teams for Youth with Mental Health or Addiction Challenges in Toronto
Among youth, the prevalence of mental health and addiction (MHA) disorders is roughly 20%, yet as few as 1 in 6 will access specialized treatment services. Current services are often characterized by long wait lists, lack of integration, limited use of evidence based treatments, and by appearing “unwelcoming” to youth, which makes it difficult for youth to access services in a timely fashion and to follow through with treatment planning.

GBF is proud to be supporting Dr. Peter Szatmari, Dr. Joanna Henderson, Dr. Amy Cheung, Dr. Kristin Cleverley, Gloria Chaim and a broader project team at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and partner organizations to spearhead an exciting project that addresses these system gaps by developing and testing Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) in the Toronto area. This highly collaborative project draws on contributions from three community agencies, four adolescent psychiatry hospital departments, and two family health teams (FHTs). The team is also engaging youth and their families in planning and development, ensuring that services are youth-friendly and responsive to the evolving needs of young people. The ICCTs are being evaluated as part of a randomized control trial and propose to improve care by providing rapid access to MHA services, MHA and health system navigation, evidence-based interventions matched to level of need, and peer support, all co-located in a youth-friendly setting in the community.
By providing a rapid, systematic, approach to MHA services geared to need in a youth-friendly environment, the project is expected to substantially improve the mental health of this vulnerable population and make Ontario a leader in innovative systems of care.
Quebec Integrated Youth Services Initiative
Partnership between the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) in the field of youth mental health

Following the publication by the Québec government of its Mental Health Action Plan 2015 – 2020, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux are determined to promote early intervention and the implementation of integrated mental health services in the community for youth aged 12 to 25 years. Drawing on existing models in Canada and from around the world, and with the help of experts from the Québec health care system, the partners will draft a strategic document that sets out the principles and the vision of an integrated service model and innovative practices for the province. This model will be adapted for Québec to meet the unmet needs of young Québecers, including those who are hard to reach and remote from services. In order to finalize the document, consultation with stakeholders and key players in the field will be scheduled. Subsequently, the partners will launch a competition to establish a platform of integrated services and evaluate its results.

More details will be available in the coming months following the dissemination of the strategic document.
How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden

GBF Director Dr. David Goldbloom, with co-author and fellow psychiatrist Dr. Pier Bryden, has written a humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals. How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care.
How Can I Help? portrays a week in the life of Dr. David Goldbloom as he treats patients, communicates with families, and trains staff at CAMH, the largest psychiatric facility in Canada. This highly readable and touching behind-the-scenes account of his daily encounters with a wide range of psychiatric concerns—from his own patients and their families to Emergency Department arrivals—puts a human face on an often misunderstood area of medical expertise. From schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder to post-traumatic stress syndrome and autism, How Can I Help? investigates a range of mental issues.
What is it like to work as a psychiatrist now? What are the rewards and challenges? What is the impact of the suffering—and the recovery—of people with mental illness on families and the clinicians who treat them? What does the future hold for psychiatric care?
How Can I Help? demystifies a profession that has undergone profound change over the past twenty-five years, a profession that is often misunderstood by the public and the media, and even by doctors themselves. It offers a compassionate, realistic picture of a branch of medicine that is entering a new phase, as increasingly we are able to decode the mysteries of the brain and offer new hope for sufferers of mental illness.
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