Women and substance use

Supporting pregnant and parenting women who use substances: what communities are doing to help

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English
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Canada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Profiles the development of single-access programs for supporting pregnant and parenting women who use substances in four different communities, and talks about why this type of program works. Single-access programs seek to provide a range of services under one roof (a “one-stop shop” or “single-access” model), address women’s needs from a holistic perspective, provide practical and emotional support, and strive to reduce barriers to accessing care and support. Each of these four programs also started as a unique network of cross-sectoral partnerships that developed a common vision, values, and goals.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Integrating tobacco cessation interventions into mental health, substance use and anti-violence services: Research summary

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Summarizes the results of a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco treatment and support within mental health, addictions and sexual violence services, in a gender informed way. The study included focus groups with service providers and with smokers, and a review of the literature on tobacco cessation in the mental health, substance use, and trauma treatment fields. Found that smokers who use mental health, substance use, and sexual violence services are generally knowledgeable about the harms of smoking, and the majority are interested in quitting.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Coalescing on women and substance use - online tool

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

An online tool to help people learn about trauma-informed approaches and practices in Canada. Features an overview of four topics related to “trauma-informed” approaches when working with women with mental health and substance use concerns, along with highlights of promising practices, policy challenges and thoughts of where to go next.  Under each of the four topics you’ll find: examples of trauma informed work in action, links to recommended readings, links to  curricula and training resources, and web resources, links to webcasts on the topics.

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Women, mental health, mental illness and addiction in Canada: an overview (updated and revised edition)

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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Online
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CWHN’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Women, Mental Health, Substance Use and Addictions
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2nd edition
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
Originally published May 8, 2006. Revised and Updated January 2008
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Originally published by CWHN in May 2006 prior to the tabling of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s final report Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Addiction Services in Canada. Updated and revised report discusses why sex and gender matter in mental health and addictions and includes information and recommendations for the new Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Healthy Choices in Pregnancy

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All women
Pregnant women
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Governmental Body
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English
Services Provided: 
Health promotion
Community education/development
Counselling
Counseling

Healthy Choices in Pregnancy is a component of the BC government ActNow BC platform designed to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness among wonmen who use substances in the childbearing years. Organizations invovled are the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, the BC Perinatal Health Program and the Province of British Columbia.

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604-875-2189
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E311, 4500 Oak St, Box 48
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Vancouver
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BC
Postal/ZIP Code: 
V6H 3N1
Country: 
Canada

When researchers come calling: A guide for organisations that work with women

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English
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Women's Health Research Institute
BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Guide for organizations that serve women with addictions to help them them in making decisions about participating in research. Summarizes findings from a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-funded study lead by Dr. Amy Salmon that examined how to better support the active and meaningful participation of women with substance use problems in health research.

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Your Rights in Research: A Guide for Women

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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Women’s Health Research Institute
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Guide for women with addictions for making decisions about participating in research. Summarizes findings from a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-funded study lead by Dr. Amy Salmon that examined how to better support the active and meaningful participation of women with substance use problems in health research.

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