Mental Health Notes
The Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health Project (IRWHP) is looking to feature video clips of promising practices or evidence-based initiatives related to immigrant or racialized women’s health on their website. Specifically, the project team is looking for practices related to mental health, maternal health, health promotion, or chronic disease prevention and management.
The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) has launched a Research Priorities Survey in an effort to rank psychotherapy research priorities.
The theme for this year’s conference will be “Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence Bridge Over Troubled Water.” However, participants’ presentations don’t have to reflect this theme.
On Oct 17 and 18, 2013, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) held its annual national conference. Hosted by CMHA Ottawa, the conference focused on addressing the social determinants of mental health and addictions, in recognition of the fact that a person’s mental health is influenced by a range of factors. These factors, referred to as the social determinants of health, include life experiences, workplace or other environments, housing, Income and other socio-economic conditions.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is pleased to announce that Uppala Chandrasekera has joined the organization as Director of Policy and Planning.
A provincial coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three individuals who were all experiencing a mental health crisis when they were killed by police has begun in Toronto. The deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Elgion occurred separately at different times and locations across Toronto over the past three years but their cases are heard together during the 8-week inquest because they were all experiencing mental health issues and holding sharp objects when confronted by police. All officers involved in the three cases were cleared of any charges by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. The inquest will thus focus on police training and use-of-force guidelines and aim to make recommendations on preventing these types of incidents from occurring in the future.
The official route map for Clara Hughes’ cross-Canada bike tour and mental health awareness campaign includes more than 25 stops in Ontario.
Postpartum depression is known to be a health problem that can have serious consequences for mothers, their children, and the family as a whole. As such, prevention is a high priority. The relation between the place of residence and risk of postpartum depression is not well understood.
Evidence shows that effective prevention programs for people who use drugs can reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis B (HBV), and other harms related to drug use. Harm reduction programs, like needle and syringe programs, lead to fewer people having HIV and less needle and equipment reuse, and are cost effective.