Mental Health Notes
Last week the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest hosted a sold-out forum titled, Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned. The event brought together HEIA experts and users from across and beyond the health system.
Last week at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Ellen Richardson was told that she couldn’t enter the United States because she was hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012 and would require a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation would need to be done by 1 of 3 physicians approved by U.S. officials and not Ellen’s regular psychiatrist.
Arch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond. The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French. Articles address a range of issues including:
- Understanding disability
- Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
- Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
- Human rights and disability
- Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender. This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.
Children with behaviour problems at an early age can end up having risky behaviour and being involved with the criminal justice system later in life. Early treatment can help prevent long-term problems, but it can be difficult to put effective programs in place in community settings. This is especially the case in high-risk communities.
Community Foundations of Canada conducts a national study every year to look at the quality of life of Canadians. In 2012, the study looked specifically at youth. For this study, the foundation collected research from many sources to provide a picture of youths’ quality of life. This report presents a picture of health, well-being, and employment issues facing youth in Canada.
A new report from the Health Council of Canada calls on all levels of government in Canada to take action to improve the health of Aboriginal seniors. The report identifies that Aboriginal seniors experience poorer health than their non-Aboriginal peers, including higher rates of chronic diseases and conditions, but often do not receive the same level of health care due to poor communication, collaboration, and jurisdictional disputes.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative profiled the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) recently. The HSJCCs have been closely involved with the work of the 4 Justice Collaborative that are included in the SISC initiative. Approximately 40% of members attending the Justice Collaboratives are HSJCC members as well. To view the full article, visit the Service Collaboratives website.
Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is currently accepting applications for a treasurer to join its board of directors.
A new discussion paper released by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today reveals that there is a high prevalence of mental health issues and social marginalization within the population who are currently eligible for legal aid services.