Women who have alcohol and drug use problems and their children often need a lot of support from different programs and services. And yet it can be difficult to know where to go to find these services. Service providers and organizations can give referrals and information and even help plan services, but only when they are aware of the other agencies and have relationships with them.
When a child has a mental illness, it can be confusing and isolating, not only for the child but for the entire family. Supporting parents is critical.
As part of Ontario’s Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) partnered with the provincial youth mental health program mindyourmind to support the work of the London Service Collaborative.
When children and youth access services from more than one organization, the various organizations often need to exchange information to coordinate services effectively. To do this in a way that complies with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner.
Health inequalities exist in Ontario. Ontarians who have lower incomes are at higher risk of having health problems like heart disease, poor mental health, stress and anxiety, depression, alcoholism, accidents, diabetes, obesity and lung cancer. To reduce these risks, the government would have to make changes to policies that affect health inequities. But action by government is linked to public awareness.
Technologies such as the internet, mobile applications, and video-conferencing are great tools that can help to deliver mental health services to children and youth.
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is seeking youth with schizophrenia or family members to participate in a survey for a research project to help reduce mental illness stigma. In partnership with the Hispanic Development Council, Across Boundaries, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and CMHA Ontario, the SSO project aims to fill a void. Currently, there is relatively little research done on the experience of mental illness stigma among racialized youth.
There is unprecedented growth in the number and proportion of elderly. Census data for 2011 showed there were 5 million older adults in Canada, or 14.8 percent of the population. In 2036 there will likely be 9.8 million seniors, or 24.5 percent of population.
Street-based sex workers face many challenges: they are pushed to the margins of society, their work is criminalized, many are homeless and poor, while some face violence or mental health and addiction issues. To overcome these barriers, there is a need for specific social and health services that meet their complex experiences.
In late summer, Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, saw an increased use of services by homeless individuals. The Executive Director, Patty Hajdu, thought ahead to the chilling temperatures that winter would likely bring. If the shelter’s 62 beds were filled in warmer months, what would be the demand for shelter when the cold weather set in?