Mental Health Notes
Depression is sometimes referred to as the “Black Dog.” Just like a real dog, its needs to be embraced, understood, taught new tricks and ultimately brought to heel.
Millions of people around the world live with depression. Most of the people affected, 75 percent in many low-income countries, do not have access to the treatment they need. Without treatment, these individuals suffer greatly, but so too do their families.
Registration is now open for “Body Equity: Self Esteem in the Balance,” a body image and self-esteem conference in Toronto on April 16-17, 2015, hosted by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.
The Change Foundation’s Capstone Summit and 20th Anniversary is being held on March 9 – 10, 2015 in Toronto.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York Region and South Simcoe Branch has developed a new approach to addressing youth mental health. The branch announced Ontario’s first mobile mental health clinic for people between the ages of 12-25.
When the minor midget ‘AAA’ Barrie Colts and the North Central Predators took to the ice recently, the game had a slightly different focus than the matches they typically play.
Although crime rates continue to decrease across Ontario, there are still vulnerable individuals at risk of becoming involved with the justice system, becoming a victim or suffering from a relapse. Several Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario branches have been working closely with local agencies in the human services sectors to address the needs of these individuals. This approach, known as collaborative situation “tables,” are not a new service delivery mechanism but rather a way of mobilizing existing resources and systems in an integrated and collaborative way.
The Mental Health Act (MHA) legislation dates back to 1990 and allows individuals with mental health issues, who are at risk of causing harm to themselves or others, to be apprehended by police and detained. Most detentions last a few days and 80 percent are less than one month. However, there are rare cases (about two percent) where detentions last more than six months and individuals can be detained indefinitely as result of repeated renewals of the detention period.
The extreme cold has gripped several regions across Ontario this month, but for two homeless people in Toronto the steep drop in temperature resulted in their deaths. Earlier this month, a homeless man died in a run-down delivery van. One day later, another homeless man said to be experiencing a mental health issue, was found dead in a transit shelter wearing only a t-shirt and jeans, with a hospital bracelet around his wrist.
The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) launched a new initiative with ConnexOntario and other local partners recently to offer residents access to substance abuse and mental health services 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Long before the Ontario budget is presented, the government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs reaches out to people and organizations across Ontario to gather information to help determine public priorities for the Budget.