Important Resources and Recommendations


According to Public Health Agency of Canada, a Best Practice is defined as an intervention, program, service, or strategy that has, through multiple implementations, demonstrated

  • High Impact – positive changes related to the desired goal(s).
  • High Adaptability – successful adaptation and transferability to different settings.
  • High Quality of Evidence – excellent quality of research/evaluation methodology, confirming the intervention’s high impact and adaptability evidence.

When helping those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, it is important for staff to have an understanding of current best practices and promising practices.  Although there is a broad spectrum of recommended practices, the following is an abbreviated list of those most generally used in Canada and Ontario:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Best Practices Portal

Health Canada

Best Practices Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

International Affairs and Best Practices Guidelines, Mental Health & Addictions

Public Health Agency of Canada

Mental Health and Wellness

Public Health Agency of Canada

Aboriginal Ways Tried and True

British Columbia Health Care

Healthy Minds, Healthy People

Healthy Campuses

CYC – Net, The International Child and Youth Care Network

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Culture Counts: Best Practices in Community Education in Mental Health and Addiction with Ethnoracia/Ethnocultural Communities



The following list of recommended resources will be of benefit for those looking for an array of general information from some of the leading Mental Health and Addiction organizations in Canada and Ontario:

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Portico Network

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Here to Help

The University of Sydney

Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

BC Children’s Hospital

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect



The following is a list of Knowledge Exchange Centres that can provide connections in the mental health community.  This can include research, reports, webinars, conferences and other website and social media channels:

 Knowledge Exchange Centre – Mental Health Commission of Canada

Canadian Mental Health Association Knowledge Exchange

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Knowledge Exchange

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Make Connections – Manitoba’s Addiction Knowledge Exchange

Evidence Exchange Network for Mental Health and Addictions



According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, recovery is the personal process that people with mental health conditions experience in gaining control, meaning and purpose in their lives.  Recovery involves different things for different people.  For some, recovery means the complete absence of the symptoms of mental illness.  For others, recovery means living a full life in the community while learning to live with ongoing symptoms.

The following resources provide support and hope for campus staff helping individuals that are currently dealing with mental health conditions:

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Recovery Action Plans

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Toward Recovery and Well-Being

Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Recovery Model of Care

Recovery Canada

Recovery is…

Canadian Nurse

Recovery Oriented Practice



Public Health Agency of Canada – Best Practices Portal

Mental Health & Wellness

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Health Promotion Resource

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children (7–12) & youth (13–19)

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario

Mental Health Promotion: A Framework for Action



heretohelp – Accommodating Students with Ongoing Mental Health Issues

Lessons from York U’s Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program

University of Washington – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO IT)

Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Accommodating Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

 Boston University – Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

What Accommodation Support School Performance?



Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Circle of Care Sharing Personal Health Information for Health-Care Purposes

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human rights and mental health (fact sheet)

Post-secondary Education

Duty to Accommodate

Ontario Hospital Association

A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario

Human Rights