Executive Summary of All Toolkits (554 KB, 32 pages)


For Consumers, Families and Caregivers

Developed by consumers, families and caregivers, these two toolkits will orient consumers and their loved ones to collaborative care and the active role that they can play in prevention and care.

Working Together Towards Recovery: Consumers, Families, Caregivers and Providers (1.4 MB, 80 pages)

A team of experts (people who’ve experienced mental illness themselves, family members and caregivers) developed this toolkit to provide the kind of information they wish they’d had right from the beginning.

Recovery from mental illness is the guiding light of this toolkit. Recovery is living life to the fullest – despite a mental illness. At first, recovery may seem like just too BIG of a mountain to climb – but it is really about finding hope and holding onto it.

The goals of Working together towards recovery are:

  • To provide easy-to-find, reliable information so consumers and families can be effective partners in treatment and recovery.
  • To make sure consumers know it is OK to ask that the professionals they see work as a team – if this would work best for them.
  • To assure consumers that they and those who love them are the most important members of the team.
  • To help consumers/families become involved, if ready and interested, in creating a collaborative care initiative or other mental health service in their community.

Pathways to Healing: Mental Health Guide for First Nations People (1.6 MB, 58 pages)

This toolkit offers a basic overview of mental health and mental illness along with a contextual section outlining the impact of history, social, economic and political conditions on the mental health of these peoples.  The toolkit is intended for First Nations peoples wherever they live - in an urban, rural, semi-isolated or isolated setting. There are tools in this toolkit to foster holistic care.

This toolkit will help First Nations people who are considering taking action to help themselves or others to heal:

  • To make sense of their history and emotional pain caused by colonization.
  • To help build self-awareness and understanding of how the past affects them as individuals, families and as a community.
  • How traditional knowledge, ways of knowing, beliefs, values, language and cultural ways support renewal, healing and wellness.
  • To begin to see how unspoken grief hurts their children, their young people and their ability to form healthy relationships as adults with their partners, as parents and with their elders. 


For Health Providers and Planners

Prepared by interprofessional expert panel and guided by a number of working groups, the general toolkit and eight companion toolkits will offer implementation advice to primary and mental health providers who wish to start a collaborative team that is tailored to their community health needs.

Collaboration Between Mental Health and Primary Care Services: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit for Health Care Providers and Planners (2 MB, 102 pages)

Forms and worksheets from the general toolkit (all from Appendix B)

Clinical Log (Sec V) (48 KB, 2 pages)

Referral Form (Sec VI) (30 KB, 1 page)

Assessment and Intervention Plan (Sec VII) (29 KB, 1 page)

Treatment Outcome Form (Sec VIII) (21 KB, 1 page)

Psychiatric Consultation Form (page 1) (Sec IX) (30 KB, 1 page)

Psychiatric Consultation Form (page 2) (Sec IX) (104 KB, 1 page)

Psychiatrist Follow-Up Form (Sec X) (18 KB, 1 page)

Professional Fee Invoice (Sec XI) (24 KB, 1 page)

Eight companion toolkits for specific populations:

Establishing Collaborative Initiatives Between Mental Health and Primary Care Services for:

Aboriginal Peoples (1.4 MB, 44 pages)

Children and Adolescents (1.9 MB, 85 pages)

Ethnocultural Populations (1.1 MB, 36 pages)

Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (1.5 MB, 54 pages)

Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (1.6 MB, 48 pages)

Appendix B 
          Clinical Flow Diagram (84 KB, 1 page)
          Screening and Referral Guide (162 KB, 2 pages)

Rural and Isolated Populations(1.7 MB, 66 pages)

Seniors (2.0 MB, 88 pages)

Urban Marginalized Populations (1.8 MB, 84 pages)

A toolkit adapted by the Dietitians of Canada (2.2 MB, 103 pages)
The Role of Dietitians in Collaborative Primary Health Care Mental Health Programs


For Educators

Prepared by teaching experts, this toolkit is tailored to education program developers in regulatory agencies, professional associations, regional health authorities, family health teams, governmental departments, and educators within both academic (universities and colleges) and care delivery settings.

The toolkit serves as an educational resource to assist in the implementation of educational initiatives and programs that promote collaborative mental health care in primary health care settings.  It highlights the importance of interprofessional education in promoting collaborative care and offers four case studies and several activities, accompanied by sample lesson plans and other useful tools, to aid educators in the implementation of educational events.

Contents of the toolkit:

1. A theoretical section (Section A) which provides background information on the application of interporfessional education within the context of collaborative menta health care.

2. An implementation section (Section B) which provides concrete information and activities to support the implementation of an interprofessional education workshop within the context of collaborative mental health care.

3. A decision guide (Appendix B) which provides questions to help workshop facilitators identify their organization's needs and readiness to engage in an interprofessional education workshop to enhance collaborative mental health care in primary care settings

Strengthening Collaboration Through Interprofessional Education: A Resource for Collaborative Mental Health Care Educators (2.3 MB, 94 pages)