CFMHN webinars June 16, 2022: Hope by CAMH and Smart Homes in the Community

Posted on May 30, 2022, 2:44 p.m.

Hello members,

Please mark your calendars for two exciting webinars from CFMHN happening next month. Join us on June 16, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 pm EDT to discover how current technology is being used to augment patient care strategies, enhance accessibility and support for patients, and aid practitioners within the mental health field. 

Topic 1:
Hope by CAMH: An app-based approach to Suicide Safety Planning

Time: 7:00 - 7:30pm ET

Webinar Description:

Over 4,000 Canadians die by suicide every year (an average of 11 per day), making suicide prevention a national priority. Mental health nurses play a large role in treatment and care for patients with suicidal ideation or behavior, including carrying out best practices for suicide prevention such as collaborative safety planning with patients. Gaps currently exist with the fidelity of implementing safety planning within routine clinical care. Barriers to using paper-based safety plans can include a lack of portability and accessibility by patients in the time of crisis due to misplaced plans. Safety planning through smartphone apps are a feasible strategy to due to their accessibility, but the integration of mental health apps into patient and nursing/ clinical workflows remains a largely unexplored area of practice.

Learning objectives:

1. Describe the development of Hope by CAMH - a smartphone app for safety planning

2. Identify the usefulness and usability of the app

3. Discuss lessons learned with integrating a smartphone app into clinical care


Nicole Thomson PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), CHE, CPPS, senior director, Quality, Innovation, Patient Safety & Experience - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Lydia Sequeira MHI, PhD, CIHR, Health System Impact fellow - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Topic 2:
Smart Homes in the Community: A Technological Approach to Mental Health Care

Webinar description:
Appropriate home care in the community is not readily available for people experiencing severe mental illness. The objective of this study was to implement a smart home technology innovation as a potential solution in supporting people with mental illness as well as physical comorbidities. In addition, the intervention provided care providers with health monitoring capabilities.


Cheryl Forchuk RN, PhD, scientist and assistant director - Lawson Health Research Institute

Jonathan Serrato M.Sc., B.Sc., research coordinator - Lawson Health Research Institute

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