CAMH HPRC's work is informed by the Evidence Exchange Network's (EENet) definition of evidence. This definition recognizes that many forms of knowledge, taken together, make up evidence. This includes research, professional expertise, the lived experience of people and families, as well as cultural and traditional knowledge.
Looking for evidence on mental health promotion and substance use programs for health promotion and public health settings? Here are two portals to help with your search:
On the Portal, you can review this list of Mental Health and Wellness interventions or search for your own using a variety of filters.
Search McMaster's Health Evidence portal to find evidence and gain access to 4,871 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions.
EENet is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network, including researchers, clinicians, decision makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. As a result of a longstanding partnership between Health EvidenceTM and EENet, Health EvidenceTM is pleased to facilitate access to a set of 392 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of interventions in the areas of mental health and addictions, specific to health promotion, social determinants of health, coordination of health services and sectors, and other related content.
To access this set of reviews, check "EENet Research Evidence on Mental Health and Substance Use", on the Health EvidenceTM advanced search page, or click here for a direct link. Use the Health EvidenceTM advanced search features to further filter your results set by date, quality-rating, population, or setting. This set of reviews is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), which is funded by Health Canada's Drug Treatment Funding Program.
Looking for evidence to help you understand the health promotion and public health issues connected to mental health and substance use? Here are some data sources to get you started:
This resource from CAMH HPRC is a compilation of population health data sources with relevance to mental health. The data ranges from information on the social determinants of health to more illness focused data sources for Canada and Ontario.
The CAMH Monitor, first conducted in 1977, is the longest ongoing addiction and mental health survey of adults in Canada. The survey is designed to serve as the primary vehicle for monitoring substance use and mental health problems among Ontario adults. The CAMH Monitor provides epidemiological trends in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, problem use, public opinion regarding drug issues and policies, and mental health among Ontarians.
The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) is a population survey of Ontario students in grades 7 through 12. This self-administered, anonymous survey is conducted across the province every two years with the purpose of identifying epidemiological trends in student drug use, mental health, physical health, gambling, bullying, and other risk behaviours, as well as identifying risk and protective factors. The survey sample is considered representative of all students in grades 7-12 in publicly funded schools in Ontario (just under one million).
On this page, PHAC has compiled a range of resources that provide evidence on mental health promotion, mental illness and suicide prevention to inform mental health and wellness programs.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario.The network promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges.
This joint study by ICES and Public Health Ontario quantifies the burden of nine mental illnesses and addictions in terms of years of life lost due to premature mortality and years of healthy life lost due to reduced functioning.