Mental Health Notes
Canada has an aging population. By 2016, individuals over the age of 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14. Therefore, programs and services to support older adults are valuable and necessary. Fortunately, both the federal and provincial governments appreciate this need and are implementing programs to support the health and well-being of older adults.
Mental health has far reaching effects and touches virtually every one in some way.
To help raise awareness of mental health issues, the World Health Organization observes World Mental Health Day every year on October 10.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is featured in Mediaplanet’s latest edition of Mental Health, a print and online publication that appeared in Metro newspapers in Toronto and Ottawa on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
A new report explores how racialized populations in Ontario use emergency departments (ED) when it comes to mental health and/or addictions-related issues.
In her most recent blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian writes about the value of listening to people with lived experience of mental health issues when tackling complex policy problems. The blog explores how lived experience enhanced the work of one partnership.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury-Manitoulin Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. Tuesday September 9, 2014 marked the organization’s 30th year serving individuals and their families in Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.
As long-time advocates for increases to supportive housing, CMHA Ontario is pleased to see improved housing and ending homelessness as central long-term goals of Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential.
The numbers are in. According to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) latest report, the province needs 68 per cent more social housing units. This is the increase that would be required to house all of the Ontario households currently waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. This is a 4.2 per cent increase over last year.
As post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.
Problem gambling and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns. The link between the two hasn’t been well studied, and most of the information has been on individuals who received treatment.