Mental Health Notes
As winter sets in across the country, some Canadians may notice a significant difference in mood. Known as the “winter blues,” this seasonal shift in mood and energy affects one in five Canadians. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression.
Health Quality Ontario’s (HQO) new report, Measuring Up, suggests Ontarians are living longer and feeling better than ever about their health but, that many have unhealthy lifestyles. For example, 45 percent of Ontarians are inactive and almost 18 percent are considered obese.
- Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely than non-affected peers to be incarcerated
- Adults with FASD are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).
Transportation barriers prevent many people from accessing essential goods, services and supports in their community. This is especially true for individuals with low-income, living in rural and remote areas, and lacking access to a vehicle. Populations that experience greater transportation challenges include youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. In an effort to address this issue, the Ontario government has announced a grant-based Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. The government states its aim is to improve transportation services for those who need it, providing funds for partnerships between municipalities and community organizations,
Healthcare Policy has published a new study that looks at service-use by adults with serious mental illness who have been rostered in three primary care models: enhanced fee-for-service; blended-“capitation;” and, team-based “capitation” with and without mental health workers in Ontario.
Adolescents who are removed from their homes and communities often have poor mental and physical health, and do poorly at school. To prevent these problems, Oolagen, a not-for-profit children’s mental health agency, works with other child and youth mental health centres and child welfare agencies to put the Keeping Families Together program in place.
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A new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) reveals that substance abuse is a serious and increasingly costly health concern in Canada. CCSA’s report, The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Hospital Use, found the cost of hospitalizing people with substance-use disorders is significant, and has increased 22 percent over five years – $267 million in 2011 from $219 million in 2006. More than half of the 2011 costs are attributable to alcohol-related disorders, highlighting the need for frontline medical professionals to have access to early screening and intervention tools for problematic alcohol use, as well as resources to educate patients about low-risk drinking.
Youth homelessness is rapidly increasing across Canada, especially in cities where affordable housing is in short supply. A new study shows that immigrants and newcomers under the age of 24 are particularly over-represented within the homeless population. While many lack affordable, adequate and permanent housing, others continue to live in “hidden homelessness” – or shared, over-crowded housing