Members of Canadas Muslim communities face unique mental health care needs as their racial and religious background informs identify and experience. Researchers, advocates and service providers are starting to understand the unique mental health needs of Muslim communities, but we are still learning about how the mental health care system can provide the most appropriate supports and services. This community-based study draws on the personal experiences of Muslim women and mental health workers to understand what is working well for this community and what needs to be improved.
The research project will assist the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-Ottawa) with the evaluation of new innovative mental health services intended to divert individuals from their overuse of emergency rooms and having further hospitalizations for mental health problems.
Professional development (PD) refers to an individual’s growth throughout a professional life cycle. Generally, the intent of PD is to deepen understanding and improve practice within a standardized professional life cycle. Given the personalized nature of PD, program evaluations are frequently based on participants’ satisfaction rather than evidence of professional learning or change in practice. At the same time, online programs provide more convenient and flexible PD opportunities without geographical barriers.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is a 12 hour course that was developed in 2001 for health care workers to better support clinical patients in mental health crisis. Evaluations of the training indicate that individuals who take this training improve knowledge of mental health disorders (e.g., psychotic disorders) and are better able to provide triaged mental health care.
Development and use of mobile technologies, in particular mHealth applications, to improve health have exponentially increased in the past decade. Despite the widespread use of apps, there has been astonishingly few scientific evaluations on the efficacy of such products to improve or change health behaviours.