Knowledge Exchange Program

The Knowledge Exchange Program aims to support Frayme partners working within the YMHSU system and other related sectors to make timely and evidence-informed decisions with regards to the implementation of integrated YMHSU services and supports.

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Suicide Prevention Policy and Protocol for Youth Services during COVID-19
at-risk, education, education support, high-risk populations, intervention, Policies and procedures, service provision, support services, youth mental health, youth mental health provision, youth-service
QUESTION:

With the pivot to online services, there’s a need to revisit policies and protocols for identifying immediate risk and keeping youth safe during the intake and clinical screening process. This is particularly critical in the context of youth who may be indicating thoughts of self-harm/suicidal ideation via text/email, or in advance of an appointment and outside of business hours. What
policies, protocols and resources can be helpful to address these concerns?

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

In order to address this question, Frayme conducted a limited scan of its network members and a scan of the grey literature. Specifically, selected network members were contacted to inquire about their protocols and to provide any insights into the kinds of crisis response policies they have in place. Two network members responded with their feedback - these responses either focussed on (a) risk assessment, or (b) protocol for response to urgent/emergent after hours.

Transitions in Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (YMHSU)
core components, hospital and community resources, intervention, substance use, transition planning, transition resource, transitions, youth mental health
QUESTION:

What is the available evidence regarding transition planning related to youth mental health and substance use care?

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme has collated publications and research regarding transition planning in youth mental health 

Training Resources Relevant to the Principles, Policies, and Practices within Integrated Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Services
anti-oppressive practice, capacity development, consent of minors to treatment, cultural competence, family engagement, LGBTQ2SI+, training, trauma-informed care, youth engagement
QUESTION:

What resources and guides are available for training staff working within integrated youth mental health and substance use services across certain areas of interest?
 

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme has collated resources, modules and training guides for staff working in youth mental health and substance use service provision organizations 

Measures on Youth Mental Health used within Integrated Youth Services
interventions, measurement, mental health measure, performance measurement, transitions
QUESTION:

What mental health measures are being collected by interventions that are bridging transitions for youth?

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme has collated a list of measures and indicators being collected by IYS organizations across the world 

School-based approaches for mild and moderate mood and anxiety concerns
anxiety, highschool and middle school, mood disorders, programming, school-based approach
QUESTION:

What school-based programs or initiatives for youth aged 12-18 with mild to moderate mood and anxiety concerns have been shown to be effective in improving functioning? 

What programs or initiatives for parents of youth aged 12-18 with mild to moderate mood and anxiety concerns have been shown to be effective in improving parents’ knowledge and understanding of typical youth development, as well as mental health concerns?

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme has collated a list of school programs that address mild to moderate mood and anxiety concerns  

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