The relationship between mental health and homelessness is the subject of CHEPA’s Nov. 18 seminar, presented by Cheryl Forchuk, Distinguished University Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University.
Forchuk, who holds a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western, will present Playing musical chairs: Understanding homelessness and mental health on Weds. Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 in CRLB-119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.
Her presentation draws from her research into issues related to poverty and social inclusion for psychiatric survivors; housing/homeless issues;the implementation of the Transitional Discharge Model for the transition from hospital to community; and the use of new technologies to promote mental health, including addiction services.
In addition to her faculty positions at Western, Forchuk is a scientist and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, and is also Group Leader, mental health/health outcomes research.
She has Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in psychology degrees from the University of Windsor; a Master of Science in Nursing from U of T with a clinical specialty in mental health-psychiatric nursing, and holds a PhD from the college of nursing at Wayne State University.
Forchuck’s publications in relation to mental health and mental illness cover many topics including therapeutic relationships; transitional discharge; housing/homelessness; peer support; poverty and nursing theory.
She has also published two books: one on the interpersonal theory of nursing, and one on housing and homelessness issues for psychiatric survivors.