Mental Health Notes
In the wake of a critical report from Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Veterans announced that it will spend $200 million on mental health clinics to address operational stress injuries. However, it was later revealed that the immediate investment is only $19.1 million, with the remainder to be disbursed over the 50-year lifespan of the program.
The holidays can be emotionally overwhelming, presenting a dizzying array of pressures and expectations. Individuals who may feel these stressors more acutely include those who have lost loved ones, have low income, lack social supports, employment or housing.
In Ontario, there is a lack of reliable, evidence-based, recent statistics on violence against Aboriginal women. In Canada, statistics show that Aboriginal women experience significantly higher rates of violence compared to non-Aboriginal women.
Nearly nine out of ten people who experience a mental health issue say they face stigma and discrimination as a result, according to Time to Change, an anti-stigma campaign run by leading mental health charities in England. To address this issue, Time to Change is hosting its second edition of Time to Talk Day on February 5, 2015. The initiative aims to get teachers, students and parents talking about mental health in order to reduce stigma in British schools.
When asked what the term “accessibility” brings to mind, many people think of wheelchair ramps, wide doors, parking spaces or accessible bathrooms. Yet, for individuals with mental health conditions, accessibility can have a whole different meaning. These individuals face accessibility challenges in many areas of their lives such as education, employment, and housing.
The Government of Ontario has promised to pursue legislative change to ensure that non-conviction information is not disclosed on police record checks. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds this decision and looks forward to legislative developments in the New Year.
As winter sets in across the country, some Canadians may notice a significant difference in mood. Known as the “winter blues,” this seasonal shift in mood and energy affects one in five Canadians. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression.
Health Quality Ontario’s (HQO) new report, Measuring Up, suggests Ontarians are living longer and feeling better than ever about their health but, that many have unhealthy lifestyles. For example, 45 percent of Ontarians are inactive and almost 18 percent are considered obese.
- Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely than non-affected peers to be incarcerated
- Adults with FASD are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).
Transportation barriers prevent many people from accessing essential goods, services and supports in their community. This is especially true for individuals with low-income, living in rural and remote areas, and lacking access to a vehicle. Populations that experience greater transportation challenges include youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. In an effort to address this issue, the Ontario government has announced a grant-based Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. The government states its aim is to improve transportation services for those who need it, providing funds for partnerships between municipalities and community organizations,