Mental Health Notes
Evidence shows that effective prevention programs for people who use drugs can reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis B (HBV), and other harms related to drug use. Harm reduction programs, like needle and syringe programs, lead to fewer people having HIV and less needle and equipment reuse, and are cost effective.
Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) such as Tasers are 2.7 times more likely to be discharged during a mental health emergency than during a criminal arrest, likely placing individuals experiencing mental health issues at greater risk of injury or death compared to the general population, states a report from the Council of Canadian Academies.
In the Oct. 10, 2013 issue of Mental Health Notes, we told you about the Caledon Institute of Social Policy’s Data Rescue campaign to raise money to collect information about welfare incomes in Canada. We’re pleased to report the institute has exceeded its goal of raising $20,000.
Americans are marking the anniversary of a key piece of legislation that drastically changed the way the U.S. health system addressed mental illness. It was 50 years ago – Oct. 31, 1963 – that President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. Kennedy’s legislation focused on community-based care for patients experiencing a mental illness as opposed to institutionalization.
CBC Toronto is launching a special week-long series that focuses on university and college students coping with mental health issues. The network is calling the coverage Off Course on Campus: The Student Mental Health Crisis.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) invites people with lived experience (PWLE) to attend for free the 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.
Participants are welcome to an upcoming forum to discuss the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.
Minimum wage should be increased incrementally to 10 percent above the poverty line by 2018, states a CMHA Ontario submission to a government appointed panel advising Queen’s Park about future changes to minimum wage.
Training mental health peer support workers so that they can help people living with mental illness understand the risk of developing diabetes and learn prevention and self-management strategies is a success story that can be emulated across the country.
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, CMHA Ontario met with Paula Reid, who was recently awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to explore best practices for individuals with mental health issues who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.