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Portico connected sites

Portico Connected sites are websites from across Canada either focussed on addiction and mental health or with substantial resources on the topic, completely independent both editorially and in hosting. Most of their resources are included in the Portico search.

We've only just begun to reach out to other organizations, and expect this list to grow considerably over the next few months. If you and your team would like to learn more about how you might join Portico as a connected site, please contact


Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI)
The AFWI's aim is to apply emerging research about experienced-based brain and biological development as it relates to early childhood development and children's mental health, and its lifelong impact on addiction and other negative health outcomes. The AFWI works to connect and integrate the science, policy, and practice communities within a framework of epigenetics and developmental and behavioural neurosciences.

The Bloom Program  
The Bloom program aims to improve the health and well being of people living with mental illness and addictions. Patients registered with the program can expect in-depth, patient-centred medication therapy management, with a focus on mental and physical health problems as well as medication-related issues. Pharmacies participating in the program support navigation of the system, referral to the appropriate level of care, and offer education and resources.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
BCSS is a province-wide family support system for families affected by schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. We are dedicated to supporting each other, educating the public, raising funds for research and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illnesses. 

Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance (CADDRA)
CADDRA is a national Canadian alliance of professionals working to improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering of patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families while maximizing their potential across the lifespan, and who are dedicated to world class research, education, training and advocacy in the area of ADHD.


Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
CISUR is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not.


Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)  
CSAM is a national organization of medical professionals and other scientists interested in the field of substance use disorders. It works to advance the education of health professionals in the field of addiction medicine by developing and providing courses and conferences, conducting research and establishing clinical standards, and to educate the public about the assessment, treatment and prevention of addiction by collecting, and disseminating information on that topic.


CAMH - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 
CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. 


Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) 
CADDAC) is a national not-for-profit organization providing leadership in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD across Canada. CADDAC provides education, resource information  and support for parents/caregivers, adults with ADHD, educators and medical support staff through our web site, education events, webinars, blog and other social media formats.

Drug & Alcohol Treatment Information System (DATIS)
DATIS supports the Province of Ontario's health care system with high-quality information. It contributes to understanding and enhancing problem gambling and addiction treatment through the ongoing development and maintenance of a comprehensive, province-wide client information system (Catalyst). DATIS collects, maintains, analyzes and reports on demographic, assessment and clinical utilization substance abuse and problem gambling data collected from participating agencies. 

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario. The EENet community includes researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. The network promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. 

Here to help
Since 2004, the HeretoHelp website has been a trusted source of mental health and substance use information for individuals and families in BC and beyond. The site features thousands of plain-language resources including personal stories, Visions magazine articles, info sheets, workbooks, screening self-tests, e-newsletters, multilingual content as well as direct help via email. The site is led by a group of non-profits called the BC Partners.

Hong Fook Mental Health Association
Hong Fook Mental Health Association works with the Cambodian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities helping people with linguistic and cultural barriers gain access to mental health services. We provide counseling, case management, assessment, consultation, advocacy, psycho-educational workshops and self help & mutual support groups. 

Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone provides tools and resources including tip sheets and advice on some of most challenging issues young people face today. We cover topics from bullying, cyberbullying and suicide as well as provide resources to help foster hope, promote emotional health and encourage online safety. 

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, Inc. is a consumer-focused, family sensitive mental health self-help organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, peer support programs, one-on-one consultations, public policy and research.

Medication Infoshare 
Medication InfoShare is a resource for people interested in sharing health information, with a particular focus on mental health and medications. Various tools, publications, and relevant links have been assembled to assist knowledge curators (i.e. physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers) to support informed decision making.

Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care–Hospital Integration (META:PHI) aims to increase access and improve quality of health care for Ontario patients with substance use disorders. META:PHI provides support to sites seeking to establish an integrated care pathway between local health care settings and provide addiction training and support to health care providers in these settings. 


mindyourmind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources. These resources are designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support, both professional and peer-based.


Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC)
The MMHRC seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, and members of established ethnocultural communities. Addressing issues of language, culture, religion and other aspects of cultural diversity can promote greater equity in mental health care. 

Problem Gambling offers information, resources and tools for you and your family, and for professionals.


Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Mental Health & Addiction Initiative
The goal of the RNAO Mental Health and Addictions Initiative is to enhance evidence-based care and services related to mental health and addictions across all settings. Their objectives are to develop and disseminate best practice guidelines, increase capacity and advocate for organizational, policy and system changes.

Roots of Empathy 
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that reduces levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. A baby, parent and trained instructor help children identify and reflect on the baby's development and feelings, their own feelings and those of others. In the long term, the program builds capacity for responsive parenting and responsible citizenship.  


Schizophrenia Society of Canada
The mission of SSC is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research. At SSC we are committed to: raising awareness and educating the public to help reduce stigma and discrimination,supporting families and individuals, advocating for legislative change and improved schizophrenia treatment and mental health services and supporting research through the SSC Foundation and other independent efforts.

Teen Mental Health uses the best scientific evidence available to develop application-ready training programs, publications, tools and resources to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health issues. Dr. Stan Kutcher works to create, develop and deliver research, education and clinical programs by collaborating with its audiences.

Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH)
The TEACH project strives to ensure that practitioners serving people who use tobacco have the specialized knowledge and skills to deliver effective, evidence-based cessation intervention. Research shows that health care professionals who undergo specialized training are more likely to provide smoking cessation counselling to clients and patients. As the community of trained practitioners grows, so does system capacity, giving smokers access to counselling and intervention programs. 

Umind is an online resource for child and youth mental health professionals, fostering a national community of practice that transcends provincial boundaries within the network of children's mental health treatment providers. Umind provides an easily accessible, searchable database of existing resources for professionals, enabling them more time to provide direct services to children, youth and families.