Mental Health Notes
The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities. A recent report by the Ontario Hospital Association recommends that local health hubs are well positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A health hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide patients with clinical links to the health services they need.
A person has concurrent disorders when they have both substance use and mental health problems. People with concurrent disorders are at greater risk of hospitalization, suicidal thinking or behavior, poor treatment outcomes, as well as homelessness.
A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) suggests that there is anxiety among Canadians when it comes to the future delivery of health care services for seniors.
In response to numerous requests from health care providers, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new clinical protocols and guidelines on treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss.
CMHA Ontario shares the concerns outlined in a new report by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) about the impacts of inequities and the social determinants of health on the health of Canadians.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York and South Simcoe Branch recently hosted Ontario’s first ever Ride Don’t Hide event, a community bike ride in support of mental health. Nearly 200 cyclists gathered in Newmarket, north of Toronto, to raise $72,000. Proceeds will directly support CMHA York and South Simcoe Branch’s youth wellness program, family and caregiver education, and support for depression groups. These critical programs meet unmet needs, save lives, and build communities of support.
The provincial government has appointed new members to Ontario’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. This council is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and is tasked with advising government on how to improve accessibility. The council has to power to propose new accessibility standards and review existing ones.
Local physicians are establishing a new program that partners emergency departments (EDs) in smaller community hospitals with larger hospitals. This program is demonstrating encouraging results.
With the release of his 2012-2013 annual report, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin called on the provincial government to expand oversight by making better use of his office’s services.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people report poorer mental health outcomes than do heterosexual, non-trans people. But little is known about their experiences with mental health services.