A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada offers a unique contribution to the mental health literature. It covers the full spectrum of mental health issues in Canada, incorporating insights from both the physical and social sciences to expand the way readers think about mental health. Interdisciplinary and reader-friendly, this book introduces students to a wide range of topics, including substance use, children and youth, discrimination, workplace mental health, culture, gender and sexuality, diagnosis, treatment, and mental health professions.
This second edition has been updated to highlight recent scientific data, changes in terminology, new insights in the field, and timely and relevant examples of mental health issues and success stories. This engaging text provides a superb grounding for students of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and public health.
contains extensive pedagogical tools such as chapter glossaries, critical thinking questions, further resources, and a test bank
brings frequently invisible or little understood mental health issues to the forefront of awareness and motivates readers to become agents of change
includes a self-help tool kit which offers readers evidence-based strategies and skills to promote and maintain their own mental health and wellbeing
Chapter 2: Biological Foundations of Mental Health
Chapter 3: Mental Health Examined through the Social Sciences
Chapter 4: The Spectrum of Mental Health Problems
Chapter 5: Substance Use, Dependence, and Addictive Behaviour
Chapter 6: Stigma, Discrimination, and Mental Health in the Workplace
Chapter 7: Mental Health and Illness among Children and Youth
Chapter 8: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Chapter 9: Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health
Chapter 10: Mental Health and Illness in Older Adults
Chapter 11: Responding to Mental Health Crisis, Emergency, and Disaster
Chapter 12: Treatment for Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorder
Chapter 13: Mental Health Services in Canada
Chapter 14: Mental Health Professions and Practices
Chapter 15: Mental Health and Substance Use: Opportunities to Improve Population and Public Health
The late Elliot M. Goldner was a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Chair of the Science Advisory Committee at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Affiliate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Author of one of Canadian Scholar’s best-selling health titles, A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada, Goldner had also written numerous book chapters and dozens of articles in the fields of health services, mental health, and substance use. Founder and previous Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, he also founded and headed the Division of Mental Health Policy and Services in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Goldner was the recipient of many awards for his scholarly work, including the Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award for his work in post-graduate education, awarded by the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Emily Jenkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.
Dan Bilsker is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.
“The authors are to be commended for presenting a sensitive and balanced introduction to mental health in Canada at this point in history and for writing it in a reader-friendly manner.”
— Elsabeth Jensen, School of Nursing, York University
"Easy to read, yet covering the topic with both breadth and depth, this book provides an excellent overview of mental health in Canada…. I particularly appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to understanding mental health, employing a variety of disciplinary lenses to give a fully rounded understanding of the topics. Appealing vignettes are scattered throughout the text, highlighting information. All in all, this book belongs on the bookshelves of everyone interested in mental health.”
— Lynne M. Robinson, PhD, RPsych, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
“The authors have skillfully succeeded in addressing various aspects of mental health—definitions, social consequences, services, and treatment—in a coherent and highly accessible manner. This second edition is quickly becoming a required text for students, professionals, and others who wish to be introduced to the field of mental health in Canada.”
— Nicolas Moreau, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Ottawa
For the second edition of A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada, instructors supplements include:
PowerPoint slides for each chapter
Test bank that includes multiple choice, true or false, and short answers
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