Adult Mental Health

Early interventions can make a significant difference in achieving positive outcomes for adults with mental health needs.  The Adult Mental Health module aims to enhance the skills and confidence of family physicians to diagnose and treat patients with Axis 1 mental health conditions, including mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

This may help patients improve

  • Access to competent, evidence-informed screening, diagnosis, treatment, and resources.
  • Mental health outcomes and experience of care.
  • Confidence in their ability to manage their own care.

 Module objectives

  • Use diagnostic screening for a wide range of acute mental health conditions;
  • Develop a mental health care plan.
  • Apply in-practice cognitive behavioural therapies.
  • Better use specialized mental health services for patients with complex mental health needs.
  • Use mental health tools and resources.
  • Partner with patients in managing patient’s condition and improving patient self-management strategies.
  • Understand billing supports and options for providing mental health care.
  • Make use of EMR tools supporting the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

 Quality care

To support the care provided to patients, doctors are encouraged to access simple and useful EMR-enabled tools and resources. For adult mental health, the free screening and diagnostic tools include:

  • The Mental Health Treatment Algorithm.
  • The Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills (CBIS) Manual.
  • Patient resources (e.g., Antidepressant Skills Workbook, Bounce Back program).
  • Videos (e.g., clinical interviews, such as diagnostic screening).

While the Adult Mental Health learning module is primarily aimed at family doctors, medical office assistants are also invited to participate.