Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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384 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309064
New Edition Forthcoming | Spring 2022


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

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: What Is Mental Health?

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


Instructor Resources

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