Mental Health Notes
The Mental Health Act (MHA) legislation dates back to 1990 and allows individuals with mental health issues, who are at risk of causing harm to themselves or others, to be apprehended by police and detained. Most detentions last a few days and 80 percent are less than one month. However, there are rare cases (about two percent) where detentions last more than six months and individuals can be detained indefinitely as result of repeated renewals of the detention period.
The extreme cold has gripped several regions across Ontario this month, but for two homeless people in Toronto the steep drop in temperature resulted in their deaths. Earlier this month, a homeless man died in a run-down delivery van. One day later, another homeless man said to be experiencing a mental health issue, was found dead in a transit shelter wearing only a t-shirt and jeans, with a hospital bracelet around his wrist.
The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) launched a new initiative with ConnexOntario and other local partners recently to offer residents access to substance abuse and mental health services 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Long before the Ontario budget is presented, the government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs reaches out to people and organizations across Ontario to gather information to help determine public priorities for the Budget.
The Sudbury & District Health Unit is committed to understanding the local link between health outcomes and the social and economic environments in Greater Sudbury. In its report, Opportunity for All, the health unit explores and analyses this relationship with the aim of informing future public health and partner action to reduce health inequities in the City of Greater Sudbury.
On December 1, 2014, EENet and the Health Promotion Resource Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health hosted a webinar featuring provincial partners who have used the mental health and well-being data from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey to inform programming, planning, and policy.
There are two existing theories that suggest clinicians may unintentionally play a negative role in the outcomes of treatment for eating disorders. These theories suggest that despite their good intentions, the way a clinician thinks, feels, and acts can sometimes affect how they deliver treatment.
The fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming up so get ready to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health across Canada. Each year, Bell hosts its annual campaign and this edition features celebrities such as Cara Hughes, Howie Mandel and Michael Landsberg who will encourage Canadians to talk about mental health and help end the stigma that surrounds it.
A small grassroots movement launched at a Calgary high school has now reached a global audience and raised thousands of dollars for mental health.
The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) has developed a framework that can help both funders and providers determine what works, why, and for whom it works as they implement various solutions to end homelessness. The framework has two parts and is entitled What Works and for Whom? A Hierarchy of Evidence for Promising Practices Research.