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IWK mental health research gets $3M boost from Sobey family

The new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes at the IWK Health Centre is promising greater collaboration with patients and families to transform how mental illness is treated at the hospital.

Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes a first in Canada

Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell is the new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes. (CBC)

The new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes at the IWK Health Centre is promising greater collaboration with patients and families to transform how mental illness is treated at the hospital.

Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell was named to the position on Monday. It is the first such position in Canada and is being funded by a $3-million donation from members of the Sobey family. Campbell was appointed by both the IWK and Dalhousie University.

She told an audience at the health centre her focus will be developing a program of research into outcomes in the mental health and addictions program at the IWK. The work will include more involvement from patients and families.

"I want to open the gates to patients and families to be able to participate at whatever level that is they feel comfortable doing so," she said.

"We need to ask patients and families what their idea of success looks like."

Some of the ideas Campbell said she was pursuing were workshops for patients and families to draft research questions, and a patient advisory council that would help guide her research.

She promised a number of opportunities for input and better sharing of information through improved technology.

Campbell said she also plans to work closely with schools.

"I want to know where the gaps are, what you need, how we can respond to that, where we have successes and how do we know we have success," she said.

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