Allison advances public mental health. A key focus of Allison’s work is improving access and equity in mental health care, including research on suicide prevention, digital health, and partnering to support Indigenous and circumpolar health and well-being.
The Psychiatry Outreach program provides mental health services across Northern Ontario and in Nunavut. Allison has worked as a psychiatrist in Nunavut for over 15 years. She has consulted to the Federal Government in the area of suicide prevention and to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami on the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy. She also works with the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group on circumpolar wellness and suicide prevention initiatives.
Allison also has a PhD in English Literature and brings the arts into health research. She founded HeART Lab, for health equity through art, research and technology (www.HeARTLab.com), and is Editor-in-Chief of Ars Medica, journal of medicine, the arts, and humanities (www.ars-medica.ca).
Allison Crawford is the Chief Medical Officer for Talk Suicide Canada (www.talksuicide.ca) and 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline, the national suicide prevention service launching November 30, 2023. Allison is a psychiatrist and researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she is also Medical Director of Virtual Mental Health and Psychiatry Outreach, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.