Mental health and substance use in children, youth and families during COVID-19: Findings from two CIHR-funded Knowledge Synthesis: COVID-19 in Mental Health and Substance Use projects

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Virtual care is underused. Guidance and evidence exists and should be used to help youth with chronic pain and their families select and implement best practices for their virtual care. Dr. Katie Birnie and Justina Marianayagam, a patient partner, will present findings from a knowledge synthesis, Rapid Evidence and Gap Map of Virtual Care Solutions for Youth and Families to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pain, Mental Health and Substance Use, and take questions about leveraging and implementing virtual care, selecting virtual care platforms, and other considerations for using virtual care to support youth with chronic pain and their families.

During times of uncertainty, it is crucial to focus on mental and emotional well-being to navigate difficult circumstances in a healthy way. Decisions on how to manage mental health of children and adolescents should be based on the best available evidence. Dr. Salima Meherali will present the results of her team's knowledge synthesis, Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Amidst COVID‑19 and Past Pandemics: A Rapid Systematic Review. The team identified and analyzed available studies about the effectiveness of different interventions used in a pandemic context to promote children and adolescent’s mental health and to prevent substance use. She will also address knowledge gaps in this area.

Target Audience:
Pediatric/youth healthcare practitioners,

Learning outcomes:
- Best practices for virtual management of chronic pain
- Impact of pandemic on pain, mental health, and substance use
- Managing mental health and well-being for children and youth during pandemic

Dr. Katie Birnie  
Dr. Katie Birnie is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary where she leads Partnering For Pain, a patient-oriented research program that integrates patient and family partnership and multi-stakeholder engagement to improve the prevention, assessment, and management of pain experienced by children and their families. Dr. Birnie is also Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network working to improve evidence-based children’s pain management through coordination and collaboration. Dr. Birnie has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and was the recipient of the 2020 Pain Awareness Award from the Canadian Pain Society. Dr. Birnie joined Alberta Children’s Hospital as a medical psychologist in 2018, where she continues to provide clinical care through the Vi Riddell Children’s Pain and Rehabilitation Program.
@katebirnie @kidsinpain @UCalgaryMed @UofCr4kids

Dr. Salima Meherali  Salima Meherali is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing. She is an early career researcher with a research program comprised of three areas of inquiry – immigrant adolescent/youth in Canada, mental health and sexual and reproductive health and rights of immigrant youth in Canada and in the developing world, and theorizing gender intersections within vulnerable populations. As a principal investigator, she has been involved in community based participatory action research projects to actively engage with adolescents/youth to evaluate their mental health and sexual and reproductive health needs in Canada and in the global health context. 
@SalimaMeherali @UalbertaNursing

Justina Marianayagam is a medical student and has lived experience with chronic pain. Justina was appointed by Health Canada to the Canadian Pain Task Force to help address chronic pain for all Canadians. She is originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and liaises with Northern communities to improve rural/remote engagement. She mentors young patients and launched the first pediatric patient-to-patient chronic pain support group in Canada. Internationally, she is representing the patient voice as a Consultant for the World Health Organization to develop the new Guideline to the Management of Pediatric Chronic Pain.

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