Mental Health Notes
Clark MacFarlane has over 20 years of experience in the health care sector, and is currently the executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Cochrane-Timiskaming Branch, in northern Ontario.
The provincial government announced this week that it is creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds as part of a $28 million investment in mental health and addictions services.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is inviting young people across the province to tap into their creative side and take part in Change the View, a YouTube video contest that aims to eliminate the stigma around children’s mental health issues.
A ‘social enterprise’ is a business involved in the production and or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, or environmental aims.
Rates of mental illness and addictions at a population level are always based on estimates. In Canada, different studies have shown that rate to be anywhere from 1 in 3 to 1 in 10. With Ontario’s population at 13.6 million, that is a big gap.
Drug addiction is a chronic condition with a high relapse rate. Research shows that residential treatment helps individuals stay in recovery if it’s combined with long-term continuing care — called aftercare. Aftercare can be a 12-step program, structured outpatient sessions led by an addiction counsellor, and individual counselling.
The federal government chose Canada’s largest city as the backdrop for its recent announcement of its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Ottawa is giving Torontoan additional $86 million to support homelessness prevention and reduction initiatives. It’s welcome news in a city where nearly 9,000 people are waiting for supportive housing and many waiting for over five years to get subsidized housing.
Earlier this week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted an eastern Canada regional dialogue to discuss their draft Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. Participants came from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador and had lively discussion on the history of the consumer/survivor movement, how to define recovery and ways to implement the guideline in the future. The final guidelines will be released by the end of May, 2015.
The first ever UK Children’s Mental Health Week received a royal endorsement this month when the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton delivered a rare video address in support of early intervention mental health support for young people.