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Approx. 375 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
March 2021
Print ISBN: 9781773382234

Forthcoming | Spring 2021


Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion offers a comprehensive selection of chapters written by academic researchers as well as direct practitioners and mental health consumer-survivors to examine the intersection of poverty, mental health, and social exclusion. With the aim of addressing complex issues from homelessness and housing to stigma and mental health, the volume presents the perspectives of a wide range of those affected by poverty and social exclusion including Canadian veterans, Indigenous women, homeless youth and families, and mental health consumer-survivors. Divided into four sections, the chapters explore the effects of social exclusion, examine the trajectory of how it occurs, analyze harmful policies in place that exacerbate the correlation between poverty and mental health issues, and introduce potential solutions to expand social inclusion to marginalized groups.

Accessibly written, this text will be a valuable resource for courses on mental health, poverty, and social policy across the disciplines of social work, sociology, and health studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

  • includes research that represents the lived experiences of those living in poverty and homelessness, organized in a narrative framework
  • covers a wide range of issues related to social inclusion, exclusion, and mental health
  • provides a critical overview of current housing, income support, and mental health policies and their effectiveness

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Canadian Community–University Research Alliance: Focus on Poverty and Social Inclusion for Mental Health Consumer–Survivors

Section I: Introduction
1. The Unspoken Intersection of Mental Illness and Poverty: Social Exclusion
Cheryl Forchuk and Rick Csiernik

2. What Was: Housing, Income Support, and Mental Health: Points of Disconnection
Cheryl Forchuk, Ruth Schofield, LiBbey Joplin, Rick Csiernik, Carolyn Gorlick, and Katherine Turner

3. What Is: Playing Musical Chairs – Who Becomes Excluded? Cheryl Forchuk

Section II: Methodological Issues

4. Doing Participatory Action Research
Cheryl Forchuk

5. The Article Idea Chart: A Participatory Action Research Tool to Aid Involvement in Dissemination
Cheryl Forchuk and Amanda Meier

6. Strategies on Following a Transient Sample
Cheryl Forchuk, Tony O’Regan, Mo Jeng, and Amanda Wright

7. The Stigma Scale
Amanda Meier, Rick Csiernik, Cheryl Forchuk, and Laura Warner

Section III: Becoming Social Excluded

8. Poverty Trajectories Experienced by Persons with Mental Illness
Cheryl Forchuk, Phyllis Montgomery, Abraham Rudnick, Pam Lahey, Benita Cohen, Ruth Schofield, Robin Coatsworth-Puspoky, Betty Edwards, Bethany Butzer, and Amanda Meier

9. Using a Capabilities Approach to Understand Poverty and Social Inclusion of Mental Health of Mental Health Consumer-Survivors
Sarah Benbow, Abraham Rudnick, Cheryl Forchuk, and Betty Edwards

10. Mothers with Mental Illness Experiencing Homelessness: A Critical Analysis
Sarah Benbow, Cheryl Forchuk, and Susan Ray

11. Sheltering Indigenous Women with Mental Illness in Ontario, Canada: Being “Kicked” and Nurtured
Phyllis Montgomery, Sarah, Benbow, Laura Hall, Denise Newton-Mathur, Cheryl Forchuk, and Sharolyn Mossey

12. The Mental Health of Those Who Serve Canada
Steven Pirie

13. Addressing Homelessness among Canadian Veterans
Cheryl Forchuk, Jan Richardson, and Heather Atyeo

14. Migration, Homelessness, and Health among Mental Health Consumer-Survivors in Northern and Southern Ontario
Carol Kauppi, Cheryl Forchuk, Phyllis Montgomery, Bette Edwards, Samantha Davie, and Abraham Rudnick

Section IV: Creating Social Inclusion

15. Peer Support as a Direct Benefit of Focus Group Research
Cheryl Forchuk, Amanda Meier, Phyllis Montgomery, and Abraham Rudnick

16. Seeking and Securing Work: Individual-Level Predictors of Employment of Mental Health Consumer-Survivors
Peter Hall, Phyllis Montgomery, Samantha Davie, Kevin Dickins, Cheryl Forchuk, Mo Jeng, Melissa Kersey, Amanda Meier, Pam Lahey, Abraham Rudnick, Michelle Solomon, and Laura Warner

17. Canadian Social Enterprises: Taking Stock
Peter Elson and Peter V. Hall

18. Iris Scanning: A Solution to the Lost Identification Problem Encountered by People Experiencing Homelessness?
Cheryl Forchuk, Lori Donnelle, John Kok, and Miriam Capretz

19. Preventing Family Homelessness
Cheryl Forchuk, Gordon Russell, and Jan Richardson

20. Preventing Psychiatric Discharge to Homelessness
Cheryl Forchuk, Mike Godin, Jeffrey Hoch, Shani Kingston-MacClure, Mo Jeng, Liz Puddy, Rebecca Vann, and Elsabeth Jenson

21. An Assessment and Evaluation of London CAReS: Facilitating Service Integration Through Collaborative Best Practices
Cheryl Forchuk, Rick Csiernik, Garth Martin, Abe Oudshoorn, and Jan Richardson

22. Service Preferences of Homeless Youth with Mental Illness: Housing First, Treatment First, or Both Together
Cheryl Forchuk, Jan Richardson, Karen Laverty, Mirella Bryant, Abraham Rudnick, Rick Csiernik, Bette Edwards, Sanda Fisman, Beth Mitchell, Martha Connoy, Mark Dolson, and Chandell Kelly

Section V: Future Directions

23. Next Steps: Future Projects and Programs
Cheryl Forchuk and Rick Csiernik

Cheryl Forchuk

Cheryl Forchuk is Professor and Associate Director, Nursing Research, in the Labatt School of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, and Assistant Director at the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Health, Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion

Rick Csiernik

Rick Csiernik is a Professor of Social Work at King’s College, University of Western Ontario. Csiernik has authored and edited several popular Canadian Scholars' titles including: Just Say Know: A Counsellor's Guide to Psychoactive Drugs (2014), Workplace Wellness (2014); Responding to the Oppression of Addiction (co-edited with William S. Rowe, 2017); Substance Use and Abuse (2016); The Drug Paradox (with Tara Bruno, 2018), and Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Health (co-edited with Cheryl Forchuk and Elsabeth Jensen, 2011). The author of more than 100 journal articles, his research interests include addiction, employee assistance programming and workplace wellness, social work education, and program evaluation. Rick has been recipient of both the King’s University College Award for Excellence in Teaching and the McMaster University Instructor Appreciation Award.

Substance Use and Abuse, The Drug Paradox, Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Health, Just Say Know, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 2nd Edition, Substance Use and Abuse, Second Edition, Wellness and Work, Workplace Wellness, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, Third Edition, The Essential Guide to Psychoactive Drugs in Canada, Second Edition, Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion, Substance Use and Misuse, Third Edition

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