Mental Health Notes
Loneliness isn’t a new phenomenon. Many have experienced it at some point in their lives as a particularly negative state. Not only does loneliness affect individuals’ well-being, recent research from the University of Chicago shows that it also affects physical health. Dr. John Cacioppo, a psychology professor and lead author of the new study, said that loneliness in old age may increase the risk of premature death by up to 14 percent; almost as much as poverty. Extreme loneliness is twice as detrimental to life expectancy as obesity.
The latest Provincial HSJCC Newsletter was released at the end of February 2014. The Newsletter includes the Provincial HSJCC pre-budget submission focused on housing, a letter on Bill C-14 the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act and the latest, news, journal articles and research from the intersection of the human services and justice sectors.
To view the full newsletter, visit the HSJCC website.
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In February 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report titled “Police Use of Force and Mental Health.” The report was issued in the wake of the jury recommendations in the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis, and Michael Eligon. All three were fatally shot by police officers. OHRC took part in the inquest and its report outlines the relevant human rights principles, issues and recommendations relevant to cases involving use of force and individuals with mental health issues.
There has been a lot of activity about the issue of police mental health records since the case of Ellen Richardson, a Canadian who was stopped at the U.S. border because of her mental health history, made headlines in late 2013.
A new mental health organization now offers people across London and surrounding areas a single point of access to find mental health services and support.
A new CMHA Ontario initiative is offering resources and support for mental health organizations to create an innovative new program.
An upcoming free presentation hosted by the International Initiative for Mental Health Leaders in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and CMHA Ontario, will examine how physical activity can improve the health and longevity of people experiencing mental illness.
Members of the public and organizations are invited to participate in two current reviews of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is seeking youth with schizophrenia or family members to participate in a survey for a research project to help reduce mental illness stigma. In partnership with the Hispanic Development Council, Across Boundaries, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and CMHA Ontario, the SSO project aims to fill a void. Currently, there is relatively little research done on the experience of mental illness stigma among racialized youth.
There is unprecedented growth in the number and proportion of elderly. Census data for 2011 showed there were 5 million older adults in Canada, or 14.8 percent of the population. In 2036 there will likely be 9.8 million seniors, or 24.5 percent of population.