Mental Health Notes
Individuals with social anxiety have a tendency to focus on negative or threatening stimuli in the environment (called “attention bias”) and to interpret ambiguous social situations negatively (called “interpretation bias”). These biases are believed to play a key role in the development and maintenance of social anxiety disorder.
A joint investigation between CBC News and the Canadian Press revealed that Canadian prisons are prescribing and using powerful medications in order to “sedate” and manage inmates. This was especially true for female inmates, where 63 percent of them were prescribed psychotropic medications or medications that affect one’s mental state in 2013. This is a significant increase from over a decade ago when the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) showed that just 42 percent of female inmates were prescribed these medications.
In early April, Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) hosted a webinar: Diet, Mental Health, and the Role of Community Food Programs. The webinar featured The Stop Community Food Centre’s Kristyn Dunnion and Karen Davison, a dietitian and researcher with the University of British Columbia and Dietitians of Canada. For those who weren’t able to join in, the video from the event is now available on CFCC’s knowledge exchange website, The Pod and is accompanied by a wide range of resources geared to organizations engaged in food programming and/or mental health.
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CMHA Ontario was sought recently to comment on a new report from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner that criticized the sharing of personal information related to suicide attempts with U.S. border officials.
Mark your calendars because the 63rd annual Mental Health Week (MHW) is almost here.
Did you know this is the 63rd year that Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has led Mental Health Week (MHW)? Do you want to find out more about the focus of MHW 2014? Interested in taking a quiz to assess your own mental health?
Last year, Mental Health Week (MHW) shone a light on youth mental health. This year, the mental health of women takes the spotlight.
Throughout the province, CMHA’s 31 local branches are getting ready for Mental Health Week (May 5-11, 2014) in different ways. Some are hosting event while others may be offering special programs. The best way to discover what’s going on in your community is by finding and contacting your local branch. Use our branch finder tool to help.
CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario are teaming up to host a twitter discussion about mental health starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Join CMHA Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and Health Nexus for a free training webinar on how to use the MOHLTC Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool in community mental health. The session will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.