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A framework for rigorously evaluating digital mental health tools

Technology will play a vital role in addressing the worldwide need for better access to mental health services. And while new digital mental health tools are developed every day, decision makers struggle to determine which tools should be used and scaled with confidence in healthcare systems.

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Building the foundation for recovery monitoring in Ontario

Ontario recently launched Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions System. The plan provides a clear path forward to improve mental health and addiction services and calls for a standardized approach to measuring performance of the current system – a call echoed by both the Auditor General and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.

HRI is bringing experts together to answer that call.

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Moral dilemmas and traumatic stress during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic places many people at risk for exposure to potentially traumatic events. Some of us have already faced the loss of a loved one, long-term isolation from family and friends, or perhaps a near-death experience ourselves. But this pandemic brings another type of trauma-related risk: the risk of sustaining a moral injury.

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International study explores how AA contributes to recovery

Treatment of alcohol use disorder is multi-faceted and often includes participation in mutual-support groups, the oldest and largest of which is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Although frequent AA meeting attendance is associated with greater abstinence from alcohol, there is little understanding of the specific mechanisms by which AA benefits people. In other words, we know that AA works, but we aren’t sure how.

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Investigating the experience of female military members and veterans exposed to inappropriate sexual behaviour

With support from the Government of Canada’s Defence Engagement Program, HRI has launched a collaborative effort to better understand the unique experience of servicewomen. Specifically, the project aims to explore the relationship between exposure to inappropriate sexual behaviour during military service and the onset of moral injury among female military members and veterans.

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