Mental Health Notes
In her most recent blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario policy analyst Sheela Subramanian writes about the value of listening to people with lived experience of mental health issues when tackling complex policy problems. The blog explores how lived experience enhanced the work of one partnership.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury-Manitoulin Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. Tuesday September 9, 2014 marked the organization’s 30th year serving individuals and their families in Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.
As long-time advocates for increases to supportive housing, CMHA Ontario is pleased to see improved housing and ending homelessness as central long-term goals of Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential.
The numbers are in. According to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) latest report, the province needs 68 per cent more social housing units. This is the increase that would be required to house all of the Ontario households currently waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. This is a 4.2 per cent increase over last year.
As post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.
Problem gambling and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns. The link between the two hasn’t been well studied, and most of the information has been on individuals who received treatment.
Research shows that tobacco-free hospitals have a number of health and safety benefits for patients. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently went tobacco-free, part of a growing trend in health care centres across Canada.
CMHA Ontario staff attended the first-of-its-kind national two-day conference in March 2014, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.