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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.


Reprinted from "Treatments: What Works?" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (1), pp. 43

Antidepressant Medication and Antipsychotic Medication booklets

Antidepressant Medication and Antipsychotic Medications are two booklets from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that describe common classes of the medications, usage, side effects, and other important information. You can also find information on specific medications and therapies in the Mental Health and Addiction Information A to Z section.

Working With Your Doctor for Mental Illnesses info sheet

When you are considering and using a particular treatment, it’s important to work with your care team so you can make an informed choice about your treatment and monitor your results. The Working With Your Doctor for Mental Illnesses info sheet discusses strategies to work effectively with your health care team so you can set goals, make decisions, track your progress, and work together towards recovery.

Children’s Health Policy Centre

The Children’s Health Policy Centre at SFU examines different evidence-based treatments, prevention, supports, and otherinventions in child and youth mental health and well-being. The Quarterly journal reviews and communicates the current evidence in bulletin form, and the Centre’s research reports go into more depth. Learn more about the Children’s Healthy Policy Centre and read its publication online.

National Institute for Health and Care Institute

The National Institute for Health and Care Institute, or NICE, is a UK-based organization that develops evidence-based guidance for health, public health, and social services. NICE Pathways at is an online tool that helps you identify information based on an illness, treatment, population group, or factors of well-being.

Health Evidence

Health Evidence at McMaster University explores different public health interventions and publishes reviews of their findings. They also offer tools to help you find and use research, such as listing over 4000 summaries of systematic reviews and then rating the ones that are the highest quality. The database is free to use.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases from Cochrane, a global network of researchers, health professionals, patients, and care providers who review health evidence. Cochrane Library also provides a plain language version of the review. Cochrane reviews are among the most highly trusted systematic reviews. The website has sections on mental health and complementary and alternative treatments.

BC Guidelines

BC Guidelines are clinical guidelines for BC physicians. Mental health guidelines, found on the left hand menu, describe different diagnoses and effective treatments. While these guides are aimed at physicians, there are recommended resources for families and patients under each of the mental illnesses.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health

The US-based National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, from the National Institutes of Health, provides research on complementary and alternative medicine. They offer evidence-based information on treatments, and provide information and guidelines to help patients make informed choices and identify qualified practitioners.


This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.

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