Mental Health Notes
Rates of mental illness and addictions at a population level are always based on estimates. In Canada, different studies have shown that rate to be anywhere from 1 in 3 to 1 in 10. With Ontario’s population at 13.6 million, that is a big gap.
Drug addiction is a chronic condition with a high relapse rate. Research shows that residential treatment helps individuals stay in recovery if it’s combined with long-term continuing care — called aftercare. Aftercare can be a 12-step program, structured outpatient sessions led by an addiction counsellor, and individual counselling.
The federal government chose Canada’s largest city as the backdrop for its recent announcement of its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Ottawa is giving Torontoan additional $86 million to support homelessness prevention and reduction initiatives. It’s welcome news in a city where nearly 9,000 people are waiting for supportive housing and many waiting for over five years to get subsidized housing.
Earlier this week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted an eastern Canada regional dialogue to discuss their draft Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. Participants came from as far away as Newfoundland and Labrador and had lively discussion on the history of the consumer/survivor movement, how to define recovery and ways to implement the guideline in the future. The final guidelines will be released by the end of May, 2015.
The first ever UK Children’s Mental Health Week received a royal endorsement this month when the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton delivered a rare video address in support of early intervention mental health support for young people.
Longwood Publishing’s annual event called Breakfast with the Chiefs is coming up on March 4, 2015. The breakfast is an educational session that provides invited chief executives from the health care system an opportunity to share new ideas, policies and/or best practices with colleagues.
The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has sponsored a film at the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival in order to bring mental health issues into the spotlight.
The pre-budget submission from Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario asks the provincial government for appropriate investment in three key areas:
- Affordable Housing
- Income Security, Access to Education And Employment Supports
- Increasing Access to a Core Basket of Services
The community of Belleville was recently presented with an enticing challenge. If it mobilized and raised $10,000 in donations for CMHA Hastings & Prince Edward Counties’ (CMHA-HPE) transitional housing program, the money would be instantly doubled.