Mental Health Notes
A new report from the Wellesley Institute tracks the impacts of recent federal health care cuts on refugees. Reforms to the Interim Federal Health program were introduced in 2012. This report identified four specific impacts of the cuts on refugee health:
- Administrative burdens for health service providers that in some cases may result in lack of access to services even where health care coverage exists
- Increased number of avoidable hospital emergency departments visits that could have been reduced through access to primary care
- Creation of a class of refugee claimants without access to health care services through the creation of the Designated Country of Origin list
- Reductions in health care access for vulnerable refugee groups, including pregnant women, resulting in potential for increased risks and complications.
A new Manitoba study showed that peer mentoring in elementary school can have beneficial health effects for both mentors and mentees. The healthy living program, called Healthy Buddies, involved pairing students aged nine to 12 with children aged six to eight. The older students received 21 weekly lessons from teachers on healthy eating, positive self-esteem and physical activity, which they then passed on to the younger children. Key messages were, “Go Move!”, “Go Fuel!” and “Go Feel Good!”
The jury in an Ontario coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon, three mentally ill Toronto residents fatally shot by police, has released dozens of recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.
CMHA Ontario continues to play a role in the ongoing development of Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) Mental Health Strategy, hosting two recent consultation sessions that garnered input from key stakeholder groups.
Are you interested in starting a walking group for older adults living with a mental illness? Join us for a one-hour information webinar on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 11 a.m., to find out how your organization can participate in the Mood Walks project. The webinar is open to mental health service providers, consumer/survivor initiatives, hiking clubs, conservation areas, and other community organizations in Ontario.
CMHA Ottawa is working to combat stereotypes of mental health conditions by sharing personal stories of people living with mental health issues.
Nominations are now open for Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex branch’s annual Champion of Mental Health Awards. Each year, CMHA London selects two recipients – an individual and an organization – who have overcome mental health challenges or advanced mental health issues.
CMHA Ontario has joined the blogosphere thanks to a collaboration with the Qualaxia Network. Qualaxia is a national network of mental health-based researchers, experts, decision-makers, managers and clinicians. The blog features short pieces about emerging mental health planning, policy or service-delivery issues that impact Canada and the provinces.
In response to a census that indicated many of its students experience loneliness, sadness, anxiety, stress and worry about the future, Canada’s largest school board announced that it is implementing a four-year Mental Health Strategy.