Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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420 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2022
Print ISBN: 9781773382524
Forthcoming | Spring 2022


This remarkable third edition offers a unique contribution to mental health literature. It covers the full spectrum of issues related to mental health and illness in Canada, incorporating insights from a diversity of physical and social science perspectives, to expand the way readers think about mental health.

Interdisciplinary and reader-friendly, this engaging volume introduces students to a wide range of topics, including substance use, children and youth, trauma, culture, gender and sexuality, diagnosis and treatment, and population approaches. Updates to this edition comprise new insights on topics such as the opioid crisis, legalization of cannabis, changes to provincial mental health acts, and an expansion on previously included Indigenous mental health content.

As an introductory text, A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada provides a superb foundation for students of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and public health.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: What Is Mental Health?

Chapter 2: Understanding Mental Health through the Physical Sciences

Chapter 3: Mental Health Examined through the Social Sciences

Chapter 4: The Spectrum of Mental Health Challenges

Chapter 5: Substance Use, Dependence, and Addictive Behaviour

Emma Garrod

Chapter 6: Trauma, Violence and Mental Health

Nancy Clark, Allie Slemon, and Emily Jenkins

Chapter 7: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter 8: Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health

Victoria Smye

Chapter 9: Mental Health and Illness in Children and Youth

Skye Barbic

Chapter 10: Mental Health and Illness in Older Adults

Chapter 11: Responding to Mental Health Crisis, Emergency, and Disaster

Chapter 12: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Amanda Butler, Katherine Rossiter, and Tonia Nicholls

Chapter 13: Mental Health Legislation and Patients’ Rights

Iva W. Cheung

Chapter 14: Treatment Approaches for Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Courtney Devane

Chapter 15: Mental Health Services in Canada

Erin Michalak and Rebecca Zappelli

Chapter 16: Canada’s Role in Global Mental Health

Jill Murphy and Leena Chau

Chapter 17: Population Perspectives on Mental Health and Substance Use


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