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Health Canada - Mental Health
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada support mental health research, develop programs and policies designed to promote and support the needs of people with mental health problems and disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health
The leading U.S. federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. This website provides information to the public, researchers, and clinicians on a range of mental disorders affecting adults and children, including: depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicide that occurs in the context of mental disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other behavioral conditions that can adversely affect a child's healthy development.

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mental Health
This site is designed to provide convenient access to a range of online materials related to the promotion of mental health, the planning, delivery, cost and evaluation of mental health programs and services in Canada, and the mental health issues, problems and disorders encountered by Canadians. The information is drawn from many areas within the Public Health Agency of Canada and other federal departments and agencies. Selected links to other sites are also included.

Complex Trauma

BC First Responders' Mental Health
Firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers experience traumas and stressors on the job that are unlike those seen in most other occupations. B.C. First Responders Mental Health Committee is working collaboratively to provide cross-organizational leadership and recommend practices that promote positive mental health for first responders across the province.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
Baldwin, a practicing psychologist, created this site of information on traumatic symptoms and responses which includes links describing PTSD symptoms and coping strategies. Other links lead to more research-oriented issues, such as measuring treatment efficacy, etc.

European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
An organization focusing on clinical research and policy practices in the field of psychotraumatology.  Includes an excellent collection of links.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Disassociation
ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISTSS is run by a committed group of elected and unelected volunteers drawn from the various trauma-related disciplines around the world. A host of information on trauma research methods, ethics and other matters. The website includes links to the Society's free newsletter, information about its publications including Journal of Traumatic Stress, and position papers.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centre's mission is to research and educate on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by the U.S. Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.   

The Recovered Memory Project
The Recovered Memory Project collects and disseminates information relevant to the debate over this question. This debate has focused on recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. But the phenomenon extends to other traumas, such as suffering physical abuse or witnessing a murder.

Problem Gambling

Alberta Gaming Research Institute
The Alberta Gaming Research Institute is a consortium of the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. Its primary purpose is to support and promote research into gaming and gambling in the province. The identified research domains include bio-psychological and health care, socio-cultural, economic, and government and industry policy and practice.

British Columbia Responsible Gambling
This website is organized into three sections. There’s a Problem Gambling area with specific information on how to recognize the warning signs, and where to turn for help and a Responsible Gambling section with useful information on how to make healthy gambling choices and on B.C. activities to reduce problem gambling.

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health - Problem Gambling
An online community supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This web site consists of information about problem gambling for individuals concerned about their own, or someone else’s gambling.

National Center for Responsible Gaming
The American Gaming Association's afiliated charity, the NCRG is currently expanding its public education initiatives to translate research findings into practical, real-world applications. Check out the Resources section for a selection of publications and presentations.

National Council on Problem Gambling
The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.

Responsible Gambling Council
An independent, non-profit organization committed to problem gambling intervention, by delivering awareness programs and by promoting the identification and adoption of best practices in prevention through research and information dissemination.


BC Partners for Mental Health and Additions Information - Here to Help
Provides "Handy Fact Sheets" on various subjects including suicide.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
The Association works towards reducing the suicide rate and minimizing the harmful consequences of suicide by advocating, supporting and educating.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Preventing Suicide
Provides information on preventing suicide, grief after suicide, and youth and suicide.

Centre for Suicide Prevention
The CSP Library  is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour. The CSP Training Programs provide caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia
Crisis Centre is an independent, non-profit society that exists to provide community services including: a free and confidential, 24-hour distress line providing immediate, non-judgmental support and community resources; stress management and suicide prevention education programs for youth; after-hours distress line support for other agencies; training volunteers and other community members in crisis intervention and suicide prevention; and much more.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Serves as a portal to valuable resources about suicide prevention (over 490 web pages and 250 library resources on suicide prevention information). Users can find a range of information from suicide prevention and mental health news to strategic tools for developing suicide prevention programs.

Last updated September 28, 2017