A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada

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Canadian Scholars’ Press, May 15, 2011 - Mental health - 320 pages
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A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada is the first book to cover the full spectrum of mental health in Canada, from synapse to society. Written in an accessible style, it applies an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates insights from both the physical and social sciences to expand the way readers think about mental health.

The chapters address a wide range of issues, including substance use, children and youth, older adults, stigma and discrimination, workplace mental health, gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, response to disasters, emergencies and acute problems, diagnosis, treatment, and mental health professions and practices. Each chapter includes extensive pedagogical tools, providing a superb grounding for students of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and public health, as well as people already working in the field of mental health. In addition, the engaging presentation makes this an ideal introduction for members of the general public who want to learn more about this important subject.


  • includes extensive pedagogical tools such as chapter glossaries, critical thinking questions, further resources, and a test bank
  • adopts the approach of the Mental Health Commission of Canada to recognize the challenges associated with mental illness, while also highlighting the strengths and competencies that can be promoted in individuals and within society
  • brings frequently invisible or little understood mental health issues to the forefront and promotes awareness among readers

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About the author (2011)

Elliot Goldner, a psychiatrist, is Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Emily Jenkins is a Registered Nurse with a specialty in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing. Her research focuses on engaging young people in developing and implementing mental health promotion strategies to enhance adolescent mental health outcomes.
Jessica Prairie (nee Palma) holds her Master of Public Health degree. Her background includes child and youth mental health, mental health promotion, and program evaluation. She is currently pursuing a career in nursing.
Dan Bilsker, a psychologist, is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.

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