Mental Health Notes
It is well known that players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) need to be in peak physical condition, but what is less appreciated is the importance of their mental health. OHL players are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure to succeed and to be the best. So, it’s not surprising that young hockey players, like anyone else in the community, may struggle with their mental health.
The perspective of individuals with lived experience played prominently in the way two CMHA branches informed provincial politicians hosting regional consultations as part of the 2015 budget cycle.
The Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs project is off to a busy start in 2015, having already hosted two webinars and the final regional workshop as well as preparing for the launch of the online course.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario was one of more than a dozen stakeholders from across the mental health and justice-related sectors who came together at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to discuss ways to address mental health issues at various levels within the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Last year, the government set a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The province has since appointed a new Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness that will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal.
Chris Linford, a retired lieutenant-colonel, was deployed to Rwanda in 1994. There in the midst of the genocide, he was deeply impacted by what he saw, leaving him “profoundly altered.” Chris returned home and began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He struggled to control his anger, depression and insomnia on his own until he sought help in 2004, 10 years later. Chris’ wife, Kathryn, and his three children were also significantly impacted by his PTSD.
When Ontario Bar Association (OBA) president, Orlando Da Silva, spoke candidly about his own struggles with mental health, his story struck a chord with many in the profession. Subsequently, the OBA has launched a new initiative called Opening Remarks, aimed at addressing mental health in the legal sector.
Ontario is supporting 14 projects to address post-secondary students’ access to mental health services. This announcement came just after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities, where the main issues raised were preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for post-secondary students.
The Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) is funded by the Ontario government’s Underserviced Areas Program to provide clinical services through outreach, distance‐based clinical and support services via telepsychiatry, and educational services to participating communities. It also exposes undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to rural and remote practice settings.
In Canada, the current response to homelessness mostly relies on shelters for emergency housing. But before they are offered housing, individuals who are homeless must first participate in treatment and remain sober for a period of time.