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Equity Resources and Tools
Equity issues in mental health have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities, and health system of Ontario. The issues are wide-ranging, complex, touch diverse regions and populations across the entire province. Consider that our lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) youth are over four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. That people with mental health and addictions issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life. That Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health and addictions services and supports. To help us better understand these issues, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario has developed a framework.
The HEIA is a decision support tool that walks individuals through the steps of identifying how a program, policy or similar initiative will impact population groups in different ways. HEIA surfaces unintended potential impacts. The end goal is to maximize positive impacts and reduce negative impacts that could potentially widen health disparities between population groups—in short, more equitable delivery of the program, service, policy etc. Effective use of HEIA is dependent on good evidence.
The purpose of this discussion paper is to increase understanding within the health system about equity issues in mental health. Despite growing stakeholder interest in health equity, there remains no clear understanding of what equity means in the mental health context, and consequently, no clear plan of action to respond to the challenges faced by Ontario at the policy, planning and practice levels.
This is a beginner’s guide for those interested in working toward equity within Ontario’s mental health system and beyond. This kit can be used in many ways. You can use it to: Reflect individually on your own practice; Start a conversation with others; Build understanding within a group; Explore related resources as needed; or Guide project planning
Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is an excellent website that has close to 2000 resources to help you create change in your organization or com
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2009).
Advancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
This toolkit offers organizations encouragement of where to start to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion in their work. It includes an Institutional Assessment Quiz. This collection of tools can be adapted to your organization and are based on a case example. As such, it is only one story, not a prescription.
- Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Developing Cultural Competence
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Williams, C. (2007) Cultural Competence in Mental Health Services: New Directions
- Health Equity Resources – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
- Measuring Health Equity
- Advancing Equity in Mental Health
- Social Inclusion and Mental Health
From college or university campuses
- Durham College’s Diversity Office’s “Respect Campaign”
- Western University’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan
- York University’s Centre for Human Rights
- Houses an Online training for York students and staff on “Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion(REDI)”. A number of committees are available to provide policy advice to all York administration on strengthening the universities ability to develop a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive community.
- George Brown College’s Diversity, Equity & Human Rights Services
- Ryerson University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office work closely with the Ryerson Mental Health Advisory Committee to ensure that the work and overall goals are integrated.
- Carleton University
- University of Southern California: Making Equity Part of your States Post Secondary Planning
- Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Student Health and Wellness Policy Paper https://www.ousa.ca/policy_student_health_wellness