Creating together consultation with LGBT communities identifies priority areas for research in mental health and addictions

As part of the broader creating together initiative, in September, 2010, EENet (under its original name, the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network) and Rainbow Health Ontario partnered to sponsor the first mental health and addictions research consultation with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Ontario.

We are delighted to present the results of creating together: Co‐Creating a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario. creating together began in the spring of 2010, with a shared interest from EENet, Co‐sponsors and Supporters to jointly develop a research agenda.

Creating Together used a number of different approaches to gather priorities from stakeholders, and we were so pleased to receive almost overwhelming interest to participate in discussions on new knowledge needs that could be used to improve our mental health and addictions systems. We hope that those of you who participated will read these findings with great interest and a sense of shared accomplishment. A special thank‐you to the committees and volunteers of creating together for their effort and support in helping to bring this idea to fruition.

The work of the creating together partners isn’t over! Our participation in the creation of this research agenda represents our commitment to continue to develop research and knowledge in these areas, and ensure that it is applied to improve the health system and health outcomes for Ontarians. Sponsors are committed to using the findings to guide decisions about future research funding and other allocation decisions.

We hope that these results will stimulate useful linkages and dialogue across the province. EENet will continue to facilitate interactions between stakeholders as we work together to enhance mental health and addictions research and knowledge.



EENet worked in partnership with a number of Co-sponsors and Supporters, to develop and implement Creating Together. Co-sponsors and Supporters provided inputs at each phase of the process, facilitating participation in the consultations with their own stakeholders, and helped promote the co-created agenda to their networks.

Creating Together Co-sponsors

Creating Together co-sponsors have committed to use the results of the process in some way to influence their own research and knowledge exchange activities.

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network
  • Rainbow Health Ontario
  • Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
  • Seniors Health Research Transfer Network
  • Supporters
  • Supporters are organizations that supported the Creating Together process.
  • Addictions Ontario
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
  • Community Care Information Management
  • Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario (link no longer active)
  • Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs
  • Ontario Mental Health Foundation
  • Ontario Peer Development Initiative
  • Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO


Invited stakeholders participated in Creating Together consultations across Ontario.

To reach a broad range of stakeholders across the province, in-person consultations and consultations via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) were held, and a web-based survey was conducted.

Consultations were held on the following dates:

In-person consultations

  • Thunder Bay: Thursday, June 17, 2010
  • Toronto: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
  • London: Thursday, July 8, 2010
  • Ottawa: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
  • Ontario Telemedicine Network consultations
  • Northern Ontario: Friday, June 18, 2010, with OTN sessions in Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins.
  • Southern Ontario: Monday, July 26, 2010 with OTN sessions in Kingston, Cambridge, Hamilton, Niagara and Windsor.

LGBT Consultation

  • Toronto: Monday, September 13, 2010

The Integrated Report from the provincial consultations can be found here.