ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2020, the CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses was funded through the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Vancouver Foundation to host the BC Heads Together Think Tank. This project hosted four virtual events which were streamed across British Columbia.
The final recommendations included:
Research is needed to determine best practices in serving brain injury survivors with concurrent mental health conditions and substance use/addiction issues.
Education & Training
Health and community service providers require education and training on these intersections.
Mitigate barriers to accessing mental health or substance use/addiction services.
Both the ministry and the foundation listened and have generously funded a three-year Participatory Action Research Grant and BC Consensus Building Days.
Capturing the breadth and depth of knowledge required to develop a Consensus Priority Statement.
Although there is research on brain injury following Concussion Sport, Homelessness, and Intimate Partner Violence, there is no research regarding recovery services for people with brain injury who are experiencing mental health, and substance use/addiction issues. The results of the 20202 Canadian Agency Drug & Technology in Health (CADTH) environmental scan determined more research is needed to determine best practices in serving individuals with brain injury and concurrent mental health conditions and substance use/addiction challenges.
This multi-year research project combined with community engagement through surveys, questionnaires, 1:1 interviews, online forums, in-person Consensus Building Days (streamed province-wide simultaneously) and ongoing research will capture the breadth and depth of knowledge required to develop a Consensus Priority Statement.
It has been more than a decade since survivors, families, service providers, community stakeholders and professionals could gather to network, exchange knowledge and information on the lived experience of individuals and families living with the outcome of a brain injury, potential best practices, and emerging research.
This project will improve province-wide communication and knowledge exchange and provide research data needed from smaller and more remote communities.
BC Consensus Building Days
The purpose of the research and BC Consensus Building Days is to gather, in a good faith effort, the perspectives, ideas, and values of healthcare providers, community stakeholders, and individuals/families including Indigenous groups and marginalized minorities with lived experience of the intersections of brain injury, mental health, and addictions, to reach a Consensus on the priorities and solutions needed to best serve people experiencing the intersections of brain injury, mental health, and addictions in British Columbia.
Each year our event will explore the issues, challenges, and solutions of these intersections as well as taking a closer look at specific focus points. They are as follows:
October 14, 2022
Exploring the Intersections of Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury with a focus on Overdose Survival.
June 22, 2023
Exploring the Intersections of Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury with a focus on Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Injury.
June (TBD) 2024
Exploring the Intersections of Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury with a focus on Sports-Related Concussion.
The events will be guided by an external facilitator and include round table discussions, presentations from experts, and invitations to vote on key priorities addressing mental health, substance use/addictions, and brain injury.
Year One (October 14, 2022): A Closer Look at Overdose Survival
Sheila Beauchemin, Facilitator
Sheila Beauchemin has been an independent management consultant and facilitator for the past 18 years following a career in the BC public service. Sheila was certified as a professional facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators in 2011. She has designed and delivered team meetings, policy forums, leadership retreats, prioritization exercises, and strategic planning processes to groups ranging in size from six to over 200.
To learn more, visit: www.sheilabeauchemin.ca
Lisa Arora, Visual Facilitator
Lisa is a skilled visual facilitator, recorder, and certified mediator. Her leading-edge visual methods boost participation and foster quality thinking during some of the most important conversations shaping our world today. Lisa works with executive teams and boards around the globe to mine their diverse perspectives, align on a desired future and focus on strategic action. Her clients span all industries from mining, to education, to healthcare, to community development, employment, social services, and more.
To learn more, visit: www.getthepicture.ca
Click on the images below from Lisa’s Year One Consensus Drawings to enlarge.
Elizabeth Plant, Keynote Speaker
Elizabeth Plant BA MD CCFP dISAM
Dr. Plant is a longtime resident of the Cowichan Valley. After completion of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use addiction medicine fellowship, Dr. Plant has returned to Cowichan.
Her current roles include the Cowichan District Addiction Medicine Consult Service (AMCS), AMCS Community, outreach at the overdose prevention site, and in developing substance use supports for youth.
As part of Dr. Plant’s fellowship training, she explored the scant research available on hypoxic brain injury and opioid overdose.
Click here to view Dr. Plant’s slides.
Our work will establish a shared community and research agenda. Stakeholders will include researchers, community leaders, policymakers, and most importantly, individuals and people with lived experience.
The recruitment process will follow Best Practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research as recommended by the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) and the Canadian research Coordinating Committee (CRCC). Recruitment materials will be shared with equity-representative groups supporting Indigenous groups and marginalized minorities such as LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, and individuals living with a disability and other health needs for feedback.
If you or your organisation would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A BC Consensus Statement on Brain Injury and the Intersections of Mental Health and Addictions which:
- Identify concerns related to brain injury, including the intersections of mental health & substance use/addiction, intimate partner violence, homelessness, incarceration, and the opioid crisis.
- Identify priorities and explore solutions to produce the best possible decisions to serve individuals and families living with the outcome of a brain injury, and mental health and substance use/addiction challenges in British Columbia.
- Implement and evaluated evidence-based and patient-driven programs to improve health for people with brain injury, mental health issues, and substance use/addiction challenges.
- Increase public awareness on the intersections of brain injury, mental health, and substance use/addictions.
- Increased education and training opportunities about the intersections of brain injury mental health and substance use/addiction challenges for frontline workers, service providers, healthcare professionals, and clinicians in brain injury, mental health, and substance use/addiction services including how to screen for a brain injury and best practices.
- Increased understanding of the priorities for research and community programs for future partners projects and joint funding opportunities to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for people living with a brain injury, mental health, and substance use/addiction challenges.