Mental Health Notes
A recent episode of TVO’s The Agenda offered a detailed look at the progress of Ontario’s mental health strategy, launched in 2011 to transform the province’s mental health system, and explored the strategy’s next steps which were recently announced by the government.
In the most recent edition of Visions, BC’s quarterly magazine on mental health and addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Director of Knowledge Transfer, Scott Mitchell, writes about the Minding Our Bodies initiative and how it has sparked other mental health projects at the local and provincial levels.
Do you belong to a visible minority? Have you experienced a mental health concern? Have you filled out the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) tool in the past 6 months?
According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), five percent of patients account for two-thirds of healthcare costs. These are often individuals with multiple, complex conditions. When the hospital, the family doctor, the long-term care home, community organizations and others work as a team, the patient receives better, more coordinated care. This is the vision of the 47 Community Health Links across the province.
Improvements to services for people with development disabilities are coming too slowly to help those with the greatest need, according to the 2014 annual report of Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk. The report also focused on the inadequacy of mental health training for parole and probation officers.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.
A new infographic is now available that looks at the use of prescription opioid pain relievers among Ontario students according to the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use & Health Survey (OSDUHS).
On November 14, 2014, EENet hosted a webinar that looked at the key questions you should ask to help you decide whether to keep or end an organizational partnership. This webinar, part of EENet’s “Value-based Partnerships” series, looked at:
- How to start and complete an expedited audit of existing partnerships;
- How to assess the value of prospective partnerships.
In the wake of a critical report from Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Veterans announced that it will spend $200 million on mental health clinics to address operational stress injuries. However, it was later revealed that the immediate investment is only $19.1 million, with the remainder to be disbursed over the 50-year lifespan of the program.
The holidays can be emotionally overwhelming, presenting a dizzying array of pressures and expectations. Individuals who may feel these stressors more acutely include those who have lost loved ones, have low income, lack social supports, employment or housing.