Transformation in Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Care: A Canadian Perspective

Ian Manion, PhD, C. Psych;  Alicia Raimundo, Royal Institute of Mental Health Research, Ottawa, ON

Respondent - Gary M. Blau, PhD, Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ian Manion and Alicia Raimundo will describe the state of Canadian research in youth and young adult mental health, and service innovations. Communities are mobilizing in partnership with governments, philanthropists, and researchers to build and test sustainable models that maximize access to holistic care for youth. Building on successful models from Australia (Headspace) and Ireland (Jigsaw), integrated models of stepped care are being implemented in various provinces across Canada. Key to this is the meaningful participation of and co-creation with young people and families. Examples of innovations in meaningful youth engagement such as the Youth Net Program will be shared. A discussion will follow led by a response from Dr. Gary Blau, in which he will examine the implications of Canadian research and practice for the U.S.

About the Presenters

ianDr. Ian Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families for over 30 years. He is a clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Currently he is the Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research. He serves as the Inaugural Co-Chair of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium and the Principal Lead for the National School-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Consortium. For the past 12 years he served as the founding Executive Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

raimundoAlicia Raimundo has been described as a “mental health superhero,” battling serious bouts of anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt since the age of 13. She has given two TEDxTalks, was named one of 2012’s “faces of mental illness,” spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, headlined the U.N.’s international youth day in 2014, and represented Canada in Thailand and Ottawa at One Young World conferences. When she is not speaking, she writes, researches, advises, and creates awesome and innovative programming with awesome young people. Find out more about her and her projects at http://aliciaraimundo.com 

garyDr. Gary M. Blau is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is currently the Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role he provides national leadership for children’s mental health and for creating “systems of care” across the United States.  Prior to this, Dr. Blau was the Bureau Chief of Quality Management and Director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Director of Clinical Services at the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern, Connecticut.


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