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384 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309064


A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada offers a unique contribution to the mental health literature. It covers the full spectrum of mental health issues in Canada, incorporating insights from both the physical and social sciences to expand the way readers think about mental health. Interdisciplinary and reader-friendly, this book introduces students to a wide range of topics, including substance use, children and youth, discrimination, workplace mental health, culture, gender and sexuality, diagnosis, treatment, and mental health professions.

This second edition has been updated to highlight recent scientific data, changes in terminology, new insights in the field, and timely and relevant examples of mental health issues and success stories. This engaging text provides a superb grounding for students of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and public health.


  • contains extensive pedagogical tools such as chapter glossaries, critical thinking questions, further resources, and a test bank
  • brings frequently invisible or little understood mental health issues to the forefront of awareness and motivates readers to become agents of change
  • includes a self-help tool kit which offers readers evidence-based strategies and skills to promote and maintain their own mental health and wellbeing

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: What Is Mental Health?

Chapter 2: Biological Foundations of Mental Health

Chapter 3: Mental Health Examined through the Social Sciences

Chapter 4: The Spectrum of Mental Health Problems

Chapter 5: Substance Use, Dependence, and Addictive Behaviour

Chapter 6: Stigma, Discrimination, and Mental Health in the Workplace

Chapter 7: Mental Health and Illness among Children and Youth

Chapter 8: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter 9: Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health

Chapter 10: Mental Health and Illness in Older Adults

Chapter 11: Responding to Mental Health Crisis, Emergency, and Disaster

Chapter 12: Treatment for Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorder

Chapter 13: Mental Health Services in Canada

Chapter 14: Mental Health Professions and Practices

Chapter 15: Mental Health and Substance Use: Opportunities to Improve Population and Public Health


“The authors are to be commended for presenting a sensitive and balanced introduction to mental health in Canada at this point in history and for writing it in a reader-friendly manner.”
—  Elsabeth Jensen, School of Nursing, York University

"Easy to read, yet covering the topic with both breadth and depth, this book provides an excellent overview of mental health in Canada…. I particularly appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to understanding mental health, employing a variety of disciplinary lenses to give a fully rounded understanding of the topics. Appealing vignettes are scattered throughout the text, highlighting information. All in all, this book belongs on the bookshelves of everyone interested in mental health.”
—  Lynne M. Robinson, PhD, RPsych, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

“The authors have skillfully succeeded in addressing various aspects of mental health—definitions, social consequences, services, and treatment—in a coherent and highly accessible manner. This second edition is quickly becoming a required text for students, professionals, and others who wish to be introduced to the field of mental health in Canada.”
—  Nicolas Moreau, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

Instructor Resources

For the second edition of A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada, instructors supplements include:

  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter
  • Test bank that includes multiple choice, true or false, and short answers
  • Discussion questions

See sample

Student Resources

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