Mental Health Notes
Family caregivers – those who care for adult family members living with mental illness – who receive the support they need can make a big difference in the life of their ill relative. Adequate support can help alleviate some of the stressors that often come with caring for an ill adult relative. When such supports are not there, it can jeopardize both their capacity to provide care and the caregivers own health and well-being. The unpaid care and support they provide is a major contribution to the health and social service system, and would cost considerably if it had to be replaced with paid formal services.
National and provincial partners, including employment service providers and various policy think tanks, have launched www.lmaworks.com, a new website to provide an open and collective voice for organizations developing, delivering and interested in the continuation of effective labour market agreement (LMA) programs.
The government in Nova Scotia has committed to improving adolescent mental health and addictions services in the province, following the release of a report reviewing child and youth mental health and addictions services in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Health ministers from G8 countries are vowing to find a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.
CMHA Ontario was among more than three dozen participants from many sectors across the province to share knowledge about comprehensive approaches to community safety during a special forum hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO).
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.