Mental Health Notes
In our second blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario shares its experience of working collaboratively to build a community of interest that would improve mental health policy, planning and service delivery.
In anticipation of the provincial election on June 12, 2014, CMHA Ontario recently participated in a special online discussion on improving Ontario’s health. Moderated by Health Nexus and produced in partnership with Health Promotion Ontario and the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), the discussion explored the various ways that each political party can make Ontario a healthy society.
With the Ontario Provincial vote seven days away (June 12, 2014), CMHA Ontario would like to remind people that eligible community health organizations can help homeless voters cast a ballot.
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health has released a report, Un/Helpful Help and Its Discontents: Peer Researchers Paying Attention to Street Life Narratives to Inform Social Work Policy and Practice, which examines services from the perspective of the people who use them.
Imagery can be a powerful healing agent. Meditation can guide people to think about images that evoke positive feelings, achieve mental stillness, and release tension in the body. Research supports the therapeutic use of guided imagery, which is available outside of clinical environments, through fitness, yoga and relaxation programs.
“We really wanted to make early intervention better for all youth,” says Lisa Jeffs, project manager of the Youth Wellness Centre in Hamilton. “We recognized that we were offering a Cadillac model for early psychosis, but when it came to youth with first episode mood, anxiety or addictions issues, those teens faced long waits to access assessment and treatment.”
Police officers often encounter difficult and sometimes traumatic situations as part of their day-to-day work. This can result in an operational stress injury which is any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from combat, law enforcement or other operational and service-related duties. Operational stress injuries include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders, and even suicide.
A recent study by the University of California, Los Angeles in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has demonstrated a link between depression and premature death in adults 65 and older with diabetes. The same effect was not found for diabetic older adults without depression or for younger people.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
- Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health– a partnership project involving Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division – is offering a webinar on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. with Good2Talk.