Mental Health Notes
A recent article in Spacing magazine titled, “Designing Cities that Positively Impact Mental Health” describes how the urban landscape affects our well-being. The article promotes mixed-use communities: communities where public facilities, such as schools, workplaces, grocery stores, etc., are located close together. These communities enable residents to easily walk, bike or bus to get to and from different places.
Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a fun, scenario-based app about bullying, designed to improve (and measure) empathy while teaching coping and preventative skills.
As part of Ontario’s Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) partnered with the provincial youth mental health program mindyourmind to support the work of the London Service Collaborative.
When children and youth access services from more than one organization, the various organizations often need to exchange information to coordinate services effectively. To do this in a way that complies with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner.
On April 8, 2014, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released a report documenting the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined “Housing First (HF)” as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada.
Do you know a young person who has demonstrated resiliency or is familiar with the Canadian mental health landscape and enjoys drawing, painting, photography or writing short stories and poetry? If so, encourage them to consider a leadership opportunity so that they might reach other young people and improve youth mental health policy in Canada.
The tragic shooting at Ford Hood, Texas highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst military veterans and the need for a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-informed mental health strategy for members of the armed forces.
Several individuals experiencing mental health issues had no choice but to sleep on the floor at a London, Ontario hospital while patients with physical illness were admitted into rooms with beds before them, according to an article in the London Free Press.
Every year, CMHA hosts Mental Health Week, an initiative that offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. This year’s Mental Health Week will be held from May 5-11, with a special focus on increasing awareness of women’s mental health by providing information, tips and resources to address women’s mental health issues.
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) unveiled its new website this week, which is designed to help campus mental health practitioners in Ontario to support the needs and promote the mental health of college and university students.