Impact

At Wellstream, our team leads research and contributes to evidence-informed decision-making within the health, education and social sectors. We do so in partnership with youth, communities, non-profit organizations and governments. This generates impactful insights and innovations that transform policies and practices and strengthen mental health and substance use outcomes for children, youth and their communities.  

Practice

To enhance nursing care for people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, the Concurrent Disorders Educational Intervention was developed. This program was informed by international concurrent disorder experts and through collaborative processes with lived experience and nurse partners. Originally delivered in-person to nurses and nursing students, the intervention is now also available as an online continuing education course offered through BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority’s LearningHub.

Our team led a partnership between the UBC School of Nursing and the BC Centre on Substance Use to support the development of the Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate program. This free online and CACME-accredited program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in growing their knowledge and skills to enhance care for  people who use drugs. This course was supported through an investment by the Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health. 

Wellstream’s leadership team contributed an educational module on youth cannabis use to YouthREX’s online certificate for youth workers, Cannabis and Youth: A Certificate for Youth Workers. This self-guided online professional development certificate provides youth workers with evidence-based information on the health, social, and legal considerations associated with cannabis use and the tools needed to support awareness and informed decision-making among youth.

Policy

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Community Resources

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