New book from London, Ont. researchers tackles poverty, mental health – London
A new book developed with researchers in London, Ont., And 35 community partners provides a comprehensive overview of poverty, mental health and social inclusion.
The book, Poverty, mental health and social inclusion, edited by Cheryl Forchuk and Rick Csiernik, combines research from the University-Community Research Alliance (CURA), examining how poverty, mental health and social inclusion interact and solutions to address them.
The CURA team focused on understanding homelessness, which leads a person to experience homelessness and how society responds.
“The pandemic has shed light on issues of isolation and homelessness, and we know there is a link between mental health and poverty. Unfortunately, right now many people don’t see any solutions in sight, ”said Forchuk, deputy scientific director at the Lawson Health Research Institute.
“It’s truly a celebration of London because we’ve had so many community partners involved. We had 59 staff, so it’s a celebration of all the work we have done and the various greetings we have offered.
Forchuk said that although not all of the researchers involved were from the region, they used London as a base for their research.
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The book combined information from people with lived experiences with community partners from Connect for Mental Health (peer support), Impact Junk Solutions from CMHA Elgin-Middlesex and Goodwill Industries, to name a few.
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The academic text offers readers a combination of real-life stories and information about London area programs that strive to solve problems through a variety of different perspectives.
“There is no sense in talking about how to include people (in) society and not include them in the decision and the solution,” Forchuk said.
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Another person involved in this project is Betty Edwards, executive director of Can-Voice, a consumer-survivor group, and community director of CURA.
Speaking about the situations people with mental health and poverty issues face, Edwards said it requires a conversation between different sectors.
“No industry can solve these problems on its own,” said Edwards.
“In order to find real solutions, the voice of service users must be at the center. Their stories and experiences have been a very important part of the production of this book. “
Forchuk said she hopes other communities and service providers can learn from the success London has had in addressing these issues from this book.
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