On Friday April 9, the Government of Canada announced nearly $16.5 million in funding for 11 BC-based projects being carried out to address the overdose crisis and substance use-related harms affecting communities across our province. Selected as one of the funded projects is the Student E-Mental Health Project led by PI Dr. Daniel Vigo, which will receive $3.26M over 36 months to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to screen university students for substance use and mental health disorders, with a focus on opioid, alcohol and cannabis use. The ultimate goal of this project will be to integrate evidence-based tools and interventions rationally into a University-wide stepped-care model, in close collaboration with students, providers, and University leadership.
The investigators on this project belong to UBC’s Department of Psychiatry, SPPH, and CHEOS (D. Vigo, C. Richardson, A. Gadermann, M. Krausz, and P. Halli), SFU (H. Xie, K. Pendakur), CAMH and the University of Toronto (B. Rush and J. Rehm), McMaster University (J. Gillet and M. Young) and the WHO-Harvard Medical School World Mental Health Survey Initiative (R. Kessler, R. Auerbach, and R. Bruffaerts). Together, this team represents by and large the most experienced global collaboration on psychiatric epidemiology, bringing together innovative research teams based at the top Canadian, US, and European universities.
Congratulations on this fantastic news, Dr. Vigo!