EENet Needs Assessment: What we heard

At the beginning of this year, we surveyed stakeholders across Ontario’s mental health and addictions system about what their most urgent needs are with respect to:

This is what we heard.


The top three areas of evidence identified as most useful are:

Health equity and mental health in marginalized populations

Equity iconExamples include: how to support the population of under-housed people with mental health or substance use challenges, use race/ethnicity-based data to enhance health equity, or integrate traditional cultural knowledge into care.

Mental health promotion

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Examples include: how to address the impact of climate change and pandemic restrictions on youth mental health, or combat the housing affordability crisis as a determinant of poor mental health.

Opioid use

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Examples include: strategies for addressing the opioid crisis in Northern and Indigenous communities, evidence for use of newer opioid agonist treatments, or viable harm reduction policy options.

Resource types

The resource types identified as most useful are:

  1. Webinars
  2. Reports summarizing all available evidence on a given topic
  3. Spotlights on promising practices in community settings

Other services

The other services identified as most useful are the:

  1. Formation of partnerships or collaboratives (e.g. Communities of Practice/Interest) that span across sectors, regions, institutions or initiatives
  2. Coordination of interactive events, online or in-person
  3. Building of discussion forums that offer opportunities for virtual knowledge sharing

Tell us what you think: Do these needs resonate with you?

These survey responses will help to inform an upcoming initiative in which we’ll look deeper into what the greatest needs are of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. 

Stay tuned for more information and please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or requests:

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