Mental Health Notes
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A new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) reveals that substance abuse is a serious and increasingly costly health concern in Canada. CCSA’s report, The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Hospital Use, found the cost of hospitalizing people with substance-use disorders is significant, and has increased 22 percent over five years – $267 million in 2011 from $219 million in 2006. More than half of the 2011 costs are attributable to alcohol-related disorders, highlighting the need for frontline medical professionals to have access to early screening and intervention tools for problematic alcohol use, as well as resources to educate patients about low-risk drinking.
Youth homelessness is rapidly increasing across Canada, especially in cities where affordable housing is in short supply. A new study shows that immigrants and newcomers under the age of 24 are particularly over-represented within the homeless population. While many lack affordable, adequate and permanent housing, others continue to live in “hidden homelessness” – or shared, over-crowded housing
In Saskatchewan, approximately 220,000 individuals are struggling to some degree with a mental health or substance-use issue. The 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, released by the government on Dec. 1, 2014 has many hopeful for change in the province.
As the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws nearer and, the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) enters its final stages of drafting, there is a growing appeal for the inclusion of mental health.
It has been 25 years since the House of Commons unanimously resolved to end child poverty in Canada and five years since Ontario announced its first Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Yet, more than 1.3 million children in Canada and 550,000 in Ontario continue to live in poverty today.
The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs Project held its third regional workshop on trauma-informed care in Toronto on Nov. 27 and 28, 2014. Minister MacCharles was joined by Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, to open the first day of the two-day training.
The topic of mental health in the Canadian Forces has been dominating headlines recently thanks to new developments in Ottawa, including the federal government’s announcement to commit $200 million for new and expanded mental health initiatives for the military.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario welcomes phase two of the Ontario government’s 10-year Comprehensive Mental Health and Addiction Strategy.
Toronto Star reporter Andrea Gordon joined the York Region and South Simcoe Branch’s Mood Walks group in early November for the final walk of the fall season. Read the Star article.