Mental Health Notes
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Mood Walks program presents a one-day knowledge exchange and networking summit on March 31, 2015 to share the exciting strides taken in its pilot year to create a province-wide program of greenspace walking groups for people living with mental health challenges. The summit will enable dialogue among its community of practice, and map new partnership paths that support mental wellness through the “green lift” of nature-related programs.
More than 40 coaches and trainers involved with minor sports organizations in the Greater Toronto Area are better equipped to address mental health issues among their players, thanks to a new training program offered by Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe Branch.
Friends of Terry Trafford spoke to the Toronto Sun and QMI media chain recently to commemorate the one year-anniversary of the young man’s death.
Are your kids getting more screen time than playtime? Now that electronics are only ever a fingers reach away, the typical Canadian kid spends an average of seven hours and 48 minutes a day in front of television, video games, smartphones and computer screens.
Next month, the London Children’s Museum is hosting Brain Fair 2015, a free public event to celebrate the brain with expert speakers, art, games, brain food, door prizes and more. The fair is for healthcare professionals, caregivers, those affected by brain disorders and anyone interested in brain health. The fair will focus on several topics including:
- How the brain works
- Keeping your brain strong and healthy
- Illnesses, disorders and conditions that affect the brain
- Services available to those diagnosed or living with a brain condition
- Support services available to family and caregivers
Around the world social innovation labs are gaining popularity as an effective method to create systems change. This methodology involves convening diverse stakeholders together to develop, test and scale new solutions to complex social and service problems. They employ methods typically used in the technology sector to create products such as smartphones.
A new report called Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario: A Baseline Scorecard suggests that children and youth in northern Ontario have worse mental health outcomes than in the rest of the province.
Recently, two outreach peer support workers from the Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin (PSNE) paid a visit to Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario to spread the word about the great work they are doing in their community. The PSNE is a consumer-survivor initiative in Elgin County, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to facilitating mental health education and acts as a liaison to reduce stigma for individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.
E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular due to the marketing of their health benefits over regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are commonly marketed and sold over the Internet. This is an important factor to consider because youth generally spend more time online than older generations. Therefore, the potential impact on youth of the availability of e-cigarettes on the internet is worth examining.
The latest webinar in the “Ask the Experts” series looked at how to best support a student who may have an eating disorder.