At the Agenda Collaborative, we work with our partners to co-generate actionable empirical evidence and strengths-based interventions that can be used by communities, schools, policy makers, and clinicians to promote positive mental health and substance use outcomes with impacts for individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Our research program addresses the themes listed below.
Youth & Mental Health
Our flagship youth mental health program is Agenda Gap. Agenda Gap is a research and intervention study designed to equip youth to lead policy advocacy to create conditions conducive to positive mental health and equity for young people and their communities.
Youth Substance Use
Our youth substance use portfolio comprises several projects, including Researching Adolescent Distress and Resilience (RADAR) and the Teen’s Report on Adolescent Cannabis Experiences (TRACE). TRACE is the longest-running qualitative study on youth cannabis use in North America. Our outputs include school- and community-based interventions, policy consultation, and scholarly contributions centering youth perspectives on substance use experiences, programming, and harm reduction.
Researching Adolescent Distress and Resilience (RADAR) explored youth perspectives on mental health and substance use in three communities with attention to family, social and community contexts.
COVID-19 and Mental Health
In the context of widespread mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team – in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – responded to the need for rigorous data to characterize population mental health at different time points and to illuminate whose mental health was most impacted, how the pandemic contributes to widening mental health inequities, and the strategies used to sustain mental health. (See peer reviewed paper)
Several of our projects seek to understand and influence drug policy, including the International Research Roundtable on Currently Prohibited Substances and See Beyond, which brought focus to the drug policy advocacy led by mother’s whose children died as a result of substance use. A special Supplement in The International Journal of Drug Policy reports on some roundtable findings.
Clinical Research Partnerships
In collaboration with our clinical partners, our team responds to emerging health care priorities through research and knowledge mobilization. These projects include the Integrated Model for Perinatal Mental Healthcare study and the Enhancing Concurrent Disorder Care intervention study.