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Validity Project Program & Resources


Hear Me, Understand Me, Support Me: What Young Women Want You to Know about Depression explores the diverse challenges that young women experience in relation to depression; prevention strategies; healthy helping relationships; the dos and don’ts of working with young women; and referrals and resources that can provide more information. The intent of this guide is to focus on girls’ and young women’s voices, and to help you continue your work with them by providing tools and information that validate their voices, and the choices and challenges they face.

The VALIDITY♀ Project launches the new Girls Talk Program Guide in Fall 2009



I Introduction – What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?
II Girls Talk: A Program that Aims to Prevent Depression in Young Women from CAMH
III Project Resources for Providers
IV Lessons Learned

--submitted by Cathy Thompson, Project Lead, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

I Introduction– What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?

Self-Help Resource Centre of Toronto


40 Orchard View Blvd, Suite 219
Toronto, Ontario  M4R 1B9

This organization seeks to increase awareness about self-help/mutual aid in the community and among helping professionals, and to facilitate the growth and development of self-help groups, networks and resources in the greater Toronto area.

For further information, or to find out about upcoming conferences, call (416) 487-4355 or 1-888-283-8806 or visit

Canadian Mental Health Association


Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Office

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

CMHA Ontario deals specificially with issues of interest to Ontario readers, including mental health promotion.


Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office

Phenix Professional Building

595 Montreal Road, Suite 303

Ottawa ON  K1K

Self-Help Awareness Week in Ontario


This event, occurring annually in the last week of September, is supported by the Ontario Self-Help Network. The week’s events focus on promoting the self-help philosophy, and includes conducting workshops and holding the annual general meeting for the Self-Help Resource Centre. For information or to register for events, call (416) 487-4355 or 1-888-283-8806 or visit

Exploring the Utility of Self-Help Groups: Does Self-Help Group Membership Enhance Mental Health?


I Introduction

II Self-Help Groups and Mental Health

III Summary and Discussion

IV Conclusion

-- submitted by Irene Boldt, a 3rd year nursing student at Ryerson, through Spencer Brennan, Coordinator, Ontario Self-Help Network Program, Self-Help Resource Centre

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I Introduction

Implementing THCU's Twelve Steps--Project Breakthrough: A Campaign to Reduce Stigma Attached to Mental Illnesses from the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation


I Introduction

II Background

III Step One: Project Management

IV Step Two: Revisit Health Promotion Strategy

V Step Three: Audience Analysis and Segmentation

VI Step Four: Communication Inventory

VII Step Five: Set Communication Objectives

VIII Step Six: Select Channels and Vehicles

IX Step Seven: Combine and Sequence

X Step Eight: Develop Messages

XI Step Nine: Develop Identity

XII Step Ten: Production

XIII Step Eleven: Implementation

XIV Step Twelve: Evaluation

XV For More Information

-- written by Jodi Thesenvitz and Urmila Chandran of The Health Communication Unit and Judy Hills of the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation.

This article is based on one of THCU's new series of case studies, "Implementing THCU's 12 Steps," where actual campaign development is described using our 12-step process. For moreinformation, visit


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