Mental Health Notes
Recently, two outreach peer support workers from the Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin (PSNE) paid a visit to Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario to spread the word about the great work they are doing in their community. The PSNE is a consumer-survivor initiative in Elgin County, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to facilitating mental health education and acts as a liaison to reduce stigma for individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.
E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular due to the marketing of their health benefits over regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are commonly marketed and sold over the Internet. This is an important factor to consider because youth generally spend more time online than older generations. Therefore, the potential impact on youth of the availability of e-cigarettes on the internet is worth examining.
The latest webinar in the “Ask the Experts” series looked at how to best support a student who may have an eating disorder.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its annual report Inpatient Hospitalizations, Surgeries and Childbirth Indicators. According to the report, mental health and addictions conditions, such as mood disorders, schizophrenia and other delusional disorders, were among the most common causes for hospitalization nationally and across all provinces and territories except in Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
Homelessness in our northern communities is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging as a much more visible issue since the 1990s. Last week, a panel of experts in homelessness research, policy, advocacy, and social services convened at the Northern Voices on Homelessness forum in Anchorage, Alaska to try to understand what it means to be homeless in the north, why homelessness is on the rise and to exchange ideas on solutions.
Registration is now open for Trauma & Resiliency: A Healing Journey, a conference hosted by the Simcoe Muskoka Human Services and Justice Coordination Committee. This special one day training event will be held on May 14, 2015 and offers frontline service providers the opportunity to learn about leading practices for supporting individuals in the criminal justice system.
While parenting can be a challenge on the best of days, being a parent to a child struggling with mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural issues can seem overwhelming at times. To help, on March 25, 2015, award-winning author and journalist Ann Douglas will share Strengthened by the Storm, a presentation of strategies for parents of children struggling with mental health and behavioural challenges.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, individuals and organizations throughout the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event held to mark the social, economic and political achievements of women. Each year, women share personal stories and celebrate achievements with special events and campaigns.
Living Life to the Full is an eight-week mental health promotion course based on cognitive behaviour therapy principles. With funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Healthy Communities Fund, CMHA Ontario has just wrapped up a scientific research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the course as a way to enhance mental well-being in older adults.
Talk Today, the mental health support program developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), continues to make waves with fans in arenas across the province.