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July 17, 2014 Social entrepreneurship: The Workman Arts story

Workman Arts is an organization that works with artists with mental health and addiction issues and has offered performances and displays to hundreds of thousands of people since 1987. It was founded based on the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal and spiritual development.

July 17, 2014 Innovations in mental health

Wraparound Milwaukee is a unique system of care for children with serious emotional, behavioural, and mental health needs and their families. It uses a wraparound approach that focuses on strength-based, individualized care. Combined with a unique organizational structure, it delivers a comprehensive and flexible array of services to youth and their families.

June 19, 2014 Do child and youth resiliency interventions reduce health inequities and improve mental health?

Resilience is seen as an important element to maintaining child and youth mental health and sustaining wellbeing during transitions. Wide interest has expanded evaluation of interventions and how resilience might be fostered and sustained.

June 19, 2014 Ontario student drug use and health survey results

On June 5, 2014, EENet, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre, presented the first of two webinars looking at the results of the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). CAMH’s OSDUHS is the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada.

June 19, 2014 Helping children and youth access mental health information online

What does the average child or youth in Canada want to know about mental health and how do they search for this information online? A synthesis report provides insight from three separate studies funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, including a literature review, a qualitative report, and a mixed methods report.

June 5, 2014 Is a picture worse than a thousand words?

Imagery can be a powerful healing agent. Meditation can guide people to think about images that evoke positive feelings, achieve mental stillness, and release tension in the body. Research supports the therapeutic use of guided imagery, which is available outside of clinical environments, through fitness, yoga and relaxation programs.

June 5, 2014 Teens’ needs set the scene in Hamilton

“We really wanted to make early intervention better for all youth,” says Lisa Jeffs, project manager of the Youth Wellness Centre in Hamilton. “We recognized that we were offering a Cadillac model for early psychosis, but when it came to youth with first episode mood, anxiety or addictions issues, those teens faced long waits to access assessment and treatment.”

May 22, 2014 OCAD U: Meeting the mental health needs of post-secondary students

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.

May 22, 2014 Using mobile technology to serve transitional-aged youth

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.

May 8, 2014 Approaches for serving justice-involved persons with mental health issues

Are you interested in learning about ways to identify and help individuals with mental health issues who are at risk for or involved with the criminal justice system? Read our latest evidence briefs, which introduce various frameworks, programs, and resources for identifying and effectively managing individuals with mental health issues who are at risk for or involved with the criminal justice system. The topics covered include brief screening for mental health and substance use problems, community-based diversion programs for youth, frameworks for mental health diversion, and strategies to address police-to-hospital transitions for people experiencing mental health challenges.