Mental Health Notes
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.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its annual report Inpatient Hospitalizations, Surgeries and Childbirth Indicators. According to the report, mental health and addictions conditions, such as mood disorders, schizophrenia and other delusional disorders, were among the most common causes for hospitalization nationally and across all provinces and territories except in Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
Homelessness in our northern communities is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging as a much more visible issue since the 1990s. Last week, a panel of experts in homelessness research, policy, advocacy, and social services convened at the Northern Voices on Homelessness forum in Anchorage, Alaska to try to understand what it means to be homeless in the north, why homelessness is on the rise and to exchange ideas on solutions.
Registration is now open for Trauma & Resiliency: A Healing Journey, a conference hosted by the Simcoe Muskoka Human Services and Justice Coordination Committee. This special one day training event will be held on May 14, 2015 and offers frontline service providers the opportunity to learn about leading practices for supporting individuals in the criminal justice system.