Within Sight: Issue 6

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In this issue of Within Sight, we’ve gathered a selection of mental health and substance use screening tools available in other languages. While these screening tests don’t replace clinicians, they may help identify people who need further assessment.


HeretoHelp spotlight

Three of our Wellness Modules are available in French: Mental Health Matters, Stress and Well-being, and Problem-Solving. These modules include useful information and activities to try at home:

And you can still take the Beyond the Blues depression and anxiety screen online at any time in French and Traditional Chinese.

Planning ahead: Beyond the Blues 2011

Beyond the Blues is a province-wide depression screening and education event for depression, anxiety problems and risky drinking. It’s held each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week, which takes place in early October. This year, groups hosted nearly 80 sites around the province. Groups in Richmond and Abbotsford hosted events in Gujerati, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi. Each group organizes their own event, but they receive free support and multilingual screens, orientation, resources for their events, free ads in ethnic media and connections to others who are planning their events. If you are a multicultural or mental health service provider and are interested in hosting a multilingual event next year, please contact us at beyondtheblues@heretohelp.bc.ca or 1-800-555-8222. If you’d like to see what other multicultural groups did in 2010, check out events in Richmond and events in Abbotsford.

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond.” Canada signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on March 30, 2007 and ratified the Convention on March 11, 2010. For more, visit United Nations Enable at www.un.org.

PHQ-9 in Many Languages

The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre at McGill University has collected translations of the PHQ-9 in over 30 languages, including Bengali, German, Gujarati, Malayalam and Swedish. For more, visit www.mmhrc.ca.

PHQ, PHQ-9, PHQ-15 and GAD-7

Pfizer offers a range of screens at www.phqscreeners.com. PHQ, PHQ-9 and GAD-7 screens are available in a range of languages, including Czech, German, Hebrew, Malay and Mandarin. The PHQ-15 is available with a limited number of translations (Russian, Spanish and Swedish). Forms may be downloaded and distributed free of charge. Many translations were developed by the MAPI Research Institute. For more on their linguistic validation practices, visit www.mapigroup.com.

Geriatric Depression Scale

The Geriatric Depression Scale is a basic screen for depression in older adults. Stanford University has collected numerous translations of the short and long-form versions, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Maltese, Romanian, Thai and Turkish. To view or download the screens, visit Geriatric Depression Scale.

6 Question and 18 Question ADHD-ASRS v1.1

The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ADHD-ASRS v1.1) screens for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults based on DSM-IV-TR criteria. It was developed by the World Health Organization, Harvard University and New York University. It’s available in several languages, including Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, at ADHD-ASRS.

Evaluate your drinking assessment tool in French

This is a useful tool to help you compare your alcohol use with other Canadians and find help if you need it. Évaluez votre consommation d'alcool (Evaluate your drinking) is available at CAMH. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers many translated publications at www.camh.ca.

Treatment evaluation instruments

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has collected a variety of substance use screens, including the Addiction Severity Index, Leeds Dependence Questionnaire and Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20). Screens are available in a variety of European Union languages, including French, Danish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. For more, visit EMCDDA. (Note: Languages are identified by their two-letter ISO 639 code. For a list of codes, visit EU Publications.

Diversity Health Fair 2011

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies’ (AMSSA) Diversity Health Fair will take place on February 12, 2011 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) in Vancouver. Admission is free! If you’d like to participate or want more information, visit www.amssa.org/DiversityHealthFair2011.html or call 604-718-4220.


WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. Our goal is to bring these useful resources “within sight” of service providers and communities.

This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.