Mental Health Notes
For the second straight year, Healthy Hikes is back to help Ontarians maintain and improve their mental health with a dose of fresh air and green space.
On May 12, 2014, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held a webinar titled “Moving the Wheels of Justice: Communication about Mental Health within the Courthouse.” The webinar was presented by Dr. Julian Gojer, a Forensic Psychiatrist on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Gojer also sits on the Ontario Review Board and works at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville, Ontario. This is a unique, one of a kind jail in Canada that operates similarly to a psychiatric hospital.
CMHA Ontario is working with Elections Ontario to improve the accessibility of voting for Ontarians with mental health disabilities. We learned that some voters with mental health disabilities face challenges in providing the proof of residence or identity needed to vote. As a result, we have worked with Elections Ontario to extend the Certificate of Identity and Residence program to community health organizations (previously it was largely offered to food banks and shelters).
The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. .
Did you know that there are over 800 neuroscience researchers, 130 brain-related companies, and 100 institutions involved in neuroscience in Ontario? On Wednesday, June 4, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will be hosting an introduction to the Neuroscience Asset Map, a dynamic tool that allows users ranging from patients, researchers, companies, and not-for-profit organizations to discover and connect with neuroscience resources across Ontario.
According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of 32 post-secondary institutions in Canada, 38 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” and almost 10 percent had seriously considered suicide. While many postsecondary institutions offer mental health services, very few have comprehensive, overarching mental health strategies.
Studies show that youth text an average of 3,000 times a month and always have their mobile phones on them. In line with this research, LOFT Community Services field staff now use mobile technology to support and be better linked with transitional-aged youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in the downtown Toronto area.
Major depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime. To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression.
Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.